8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + bus:  29​h
1
Anaheim
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
2
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Johannesburg

1
night
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
On the 27th (Thu), discover the magic at Downtown Disney. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): experience the excitement of Radiator Springs Racers and then make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Anaheim online trip maker .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Anaheim is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Anaheim. When traveling from Johannesburg in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Anaheim, with highs around 36°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Fun & Games
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney
Radiator Springs Racers ©
Radiator Springs Racers

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.
On the 29th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Simeon day trip app .

Drive from Anaheim to San Simeon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Anaheim in August, expect nights in San Simeon to be slightly colder, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 40°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 30th (Sun), take in the views from Bixby Bridge, stroll through Point Lobos, and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Carmel trip maker site .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in August, plan for cooler days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Bixby Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 31st (Mon), head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco road trip tool .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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