8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Asheville
Drive + Fly:  9 h 45 min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  10 h 30 min
End: Asheville

2
nights
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 4th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. On the next day, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally examine the collection at The Grammy Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles vacation planner.

Asheville to Los Angeles is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Asheville to Los Angeles. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in August, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

2
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.
On the 7th (Tue), examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read San Diego online itinerary planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, you will find days in San Diego are little chillier (78°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planning site .

You can fly from San Diego to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in August, expect San Francisco to be a bit cooler, temps between 73°F and 59°F. You'll set off for home on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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