8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip maker

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 1 night
Fly
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 1 night
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San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Square. Appreciate the collections at Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, and take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco tour itinerary planner.

Philadelphia to San Francisco is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Philadelphia to San Francisco. Traveling from Philadelphia in August, things will get slightly colder in San Francisco: highs are around 73°F and lows about 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take in the views from Bixby Bridge, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, and finally admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Monterey trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. August in Monterey sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The Wende Museum of the Cold War will appeal to museum buffs. Shop till you drop at Rodeo Drive and Edelweiss Chocolate Factory. There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Montana Avenue, examine the collection at The Getty Center, browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles route planner.

Fly from Monterey to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Monterey in August; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 84°F and lows reach 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

San Diego

— 1 night

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip maker site.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: highs in San Diego hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums
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California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.