8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California planner

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Huntington Beach
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 1 night
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Redwood National Park
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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Huntington Beach

— 1 night
Huntington Beach is a seaside city in Orange County in Southern California. To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Huntington Beach online sightseeing planner.

Phoenix to Huntington Beach is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Phoenix in September: high temperatures in Huntington Beach hover around 83°F and lows are around 67°F. You'll set off for San Francisco on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Huntington Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nightlife

San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): don't miss a visit to 16 Avenue Tiled Steps and then enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco tour itinerary maker.

Getting from Huntington Beach to San Francisco by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Huntington Beach in September: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 76°F and lows are around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wildlife · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Redwood National Park

— 2 nights
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Redwood National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): hike along California Coastal Trail, then stroll through Enderts Beach, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Tall Trees Grove.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Redwood National Park trip planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Redwood National Park by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, Redwood National Park is a bit cooler than San Francisco - with highs of 66°F and lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then walk around Mission Dolores Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Baker Beach, admire the natural beauty at San Francisco Botanical Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mission Dolores, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, and finally capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco tour planning website.

Traveling by flight from Redwood National Park to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Redwood National Park in September, expect San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 76°F and 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Tours · Beaches · Outdoors

Santa Barbara

— 1 night

The American Riviera

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 16th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at East Beach, cruise along Santa Barbara Scenic Drive, and then identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip tool.

Fly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 58°F. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Beaches

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.