8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Bangkok

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Exploratorium and Xanadu Gallery (V. C. Morris Gift Shop) will appeal to museum buffs. Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Marketfor some retail therapy. Change things up with a short trip to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Moss Landing (about 1h 55 min away). The adventure continues: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, enjoy breathtaking views from Coit Tower, and make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary site .

Bangkok, Thailand to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Bangkok to San Francisco, you'll gain 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Bangkok in November, with highs in San Francisco at 20°C and lows at 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, view the masterpieces at Amphora Gallery, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your San Simeon trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to San Simeon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 24°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Amphora Gallery
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then hunt for treasures at Santa Monica Farmers Market, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and finally explore the world behind art at Hammer Museum.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Simeon in November, things will get a bit warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 28°C and lows about 15°C. On the 8th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Monica
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Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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