8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  8 h 45 min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  8 h 15 min
End: New York City

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 7th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Lombard Street and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have fun and explore at Exploratorium and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco vacation planner.

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and subway; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from New York City in August: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 73°F and lows are around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): admire the striking features of Bradbury Building and then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles journey site .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 84°F and lows are around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

2
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
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 13th (Mon): meet the residents at San Diego Zoo and then kick back and relax at Children's Pool.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, you will find days in San Diego are slightly colder (78°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Beaches
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool
Sunset Cliffs Natural Park ©
Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

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