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 15​min
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Anaheim
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + Drive:  5​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
night
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 22nd (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Diego driving holiday tool .

New York City to San Diego is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to San Diego is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in December, expect San Diego to be somewhat warmer, temps between 68°F and 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Beaches
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

2
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): discover the magic at Disneyland Park. Here are some ideas for day two: make an unforgettable trip to Disney California Adventure Park.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Anaheim route builder website .

You can drive from San Diego to Anaheim in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Anaheim are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

2
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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.
On the 26th (Wed), fly down the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park travel planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and car from Anaheim to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Anaheim in December; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 46°F and lows reach 14°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

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Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in December: highs in San Francisco hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 45°F. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum

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