8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California planner

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Food Tours and Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Hiller Aviation Museum (in San Carlos) and Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph (in San Jose). There's still lots to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Conservatory of Flowers, walk around Crissy Field, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip maker website.

Mumbai, India to San Francisco is an approximately 22-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 13.5 hours traveling from Mumbai to San Francisco. When traveling from Mumbai in December, plan for much colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 17°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 2 nights
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Harmony Cellars, then look for gifts at Fermentations Wine Tasting, then see the interesting displays at Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary), and finally take in the waterfront at San Simeon Pier. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Cambria Historical Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cambria Cemetery, relax and rejuvenate at Therapy by the Sea, then do a tasting at Moonstone Cellars, then view the masterpieces at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, and finally take some stellar pictures from Ragged Point Overlook.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Simeon trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to San Simeon takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for little chillier nights in San Simeon, with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Museums · Shopping · Wineries · Spas

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 2 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.
On the 14th (Tue), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, admire the masterpieces at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, then admire the natural beauty at Descanso Gardens, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from San Simeon to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Simeon in December; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 24°C and lows reach 11°C. On the 15th (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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.