8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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Fly to San Francisco, Shuttle to Monterey
— 1 day
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Tahoe City
— 1 night
San Francisco
— 2 nights



— 1 day
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. On the 16th (Sat), admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Monterey online vacation planner.

Indianapolis to Monterey is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Indianapolis to Monterey, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Kids will enjoy Glacier Point and Tioga Pass. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Half Dome, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, make a trip to Washburn Point, and trek along Mariposa Grove.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park route planning app.

Getting from Monterey to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Monterey in October, plan for much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tahoe City.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Tahoe City

— 1 night
Tahoe City is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California. Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): hike along Tompkins Memorial Trail, then trek along Five Lakes Creek Trailhead, and then hike along Eagle Rock Hiking Trail.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tahoe City travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Tahoe City in 4 hours. October in Tahoe City sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 26°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Tahoe City

Outdoors · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 22nd (Fri), make a trip to Lombard Street, explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, then take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, and finally browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Tahoe City to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Tahoe City in October: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 56°F. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

California travel guide

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.

Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

Zipline · Ski Areas · State Parks
Lake of the Sky
Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe draws visitors from both states and beyond to its shores. With an average of 300 sunny days annually, it's no surprise that the lake is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. The blue-green waters beckon travelers for swimming, boating, windsurfing, or kayaking. The lake also has a number of walking trails for those who don't want to get wet. In the colder months, skiers take to the surrounding mountains. The south shore is the most developed side of the lake, with more things to do, while the west and north shores are generally more tranquil.