8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Drive:  30​min
1
Santa Monica
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

1
day
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and then kick back and relax at Santa Monica Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Monica trip itinerary builder .

Los Angeles to Santa Monica is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or ride a tram. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you will find days in Santa Monica are a bit cooler (76°F), and nights are about the same (65°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

The Getty Center
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

3
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along Nevada Falls Loop, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, and stroll through Tuolumne Meadows.

Start your trip to Yosemite National Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Drive from Santa Monica to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Santa Monica in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be slightly colder, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 2nd (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lincoln Park, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and finally explore and take pictures at Alcatraz Island. Keep things going the next day: have fun and explore at Exploratorium, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then enjoy some diversion at RocketBoat.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online road trip planner .

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 little chillier weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): kick back and relax at Children's Pool and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Diego attractions planner .

You can fly from San Francisco to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Francisco in August since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

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