8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Drive:  4​h 30​min
1
Solvang
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Big Sur
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
3
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + foot + bus:  5​h
6
Anaheim
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
San Diego
— 1 night
End: San Diego

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Solvang

Solvang
Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Solvang road trip planning app .

San Diego to Solvang is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in July: highs in Solvang hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 54°F. On the 28th (Sun), you'll travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Solvang

Wineries Outdoors Parks

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): visit a coastal fixture at Point Sur State Historic Park.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Big Sur trip planner .

Traveling by car from Solvang to Big Sur takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Solvang in July: highs in Big Sur hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Monterey.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Point Sur State Historic Park ©
Point Sur State Historic Park

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Monterey route builder .

Traveling by bus from Big Sur to Monterey takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Point Lobos
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 31st (Wed), snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and finally head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): make a trip to Olmsted Point, then hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally trek along Panorama Trail.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park visit planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, around 46°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 83°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Anaheim.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Anaheim trip planner .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Yosemite National Park to Anaheim in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: highs in Anaheim hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

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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 4th (Sun): examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Diego trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Anaheim to San Diego by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Anaheim in August, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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