8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Boston

1
day
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 16th (Sat), see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Diego online trip maker .

Boston to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to San Diego is minus 3 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Boston in February, with highs in San Diego at 68°F and lows at 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums
Highlights from your plan
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): discover the magic at Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles holiday planner.

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In February, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): hit the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along North Dome, hit the slopes at Curry Village Ice Rink, and then take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip builder app .

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 colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in February; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 48°F and lows reach 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
North Dome ©
North Dome

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: engage your brain at Exploratorium and then enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Francisco road trip app .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in February: highs in San Francisco hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 48°F. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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