8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Nashville
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Nashville

1
night
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier and then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles day trip planner .

Nashville to Los Angeles is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Los Angeles is minus 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
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 historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park holiday planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in September: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

3
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 Exploratorium and Japanese Tea Garden. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, stroll through China Beach, and kick back and relax at Marshall’s Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read San Francisco day trip planning app .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in October: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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