8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Mammoth Lakes
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
End: San Diego

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.
On the next day, examine the collection at The Getty Center, see the interesting displays at The Nethercutt Collection, and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary builder tool .

San Diego to Los Angeles is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
The Nethercutt Collection ©
The Nethercutt Collection

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night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon, then take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, and then take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. In December, Death Valley National Park is slightly colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 15°C and lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon
The Ranch at Furnace Creek ©
The Ranch at Furnace Creek

3
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. On the 30th (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, then take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, and finally admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): fly down the slopes at ASO Mammoth Lakes and then fly down the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Lakes trip maker .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Mammoth Lakes in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in December, things will get slightly colder in Mammoth Lakes: highs are around 9°C and lows about -11°C. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Francisco.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco online vacation planner .

You can fly from Mammoth Lakes to San Francisco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Mammoth Lakes in January, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

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Walt Disney Family Museum ©
Walt Disney Family Museum
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences

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Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmel Mission and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

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You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Nature Outdoors
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel Mission ©
Carmel Mission

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