8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
2
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
3
Anaheim
— 1 night
4
San Diego
— 3 nights

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner.

San Antonio to San Francisco is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Antonio in October, with highs in San Francisco at °F and lows at °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Battery Spencer
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

1
night
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, make a trip to Chaucer's Bookstore, thenlearn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally enjoy some diversion at The Santa Barbara Art Foundry.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara online trip builder.

Getting from San Francisco to Santa Barbara by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in October, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo
Chaucer's Bookstore ©
Chaucer's Bookstore

1
night
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
On the 1st (Sun), experience the excitement of Radiator Springs Racers and then make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park.

You can plan Anaheim trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Anaheim in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, Anaheim is somewhat warmer than Santa Barbara - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Radiator Springs Racers ©
Radiator Springs Racers

3
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park. Spend the 4th (Wed) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's more to do: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Diego day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Anaheim to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °F in November, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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