8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Traverse City
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Traverse City

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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 25th (Mon), kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary planning website .

Traverse City to San Diego is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Traverse City to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Traverse City in March; daily highs in San Diego reach 69°F and lows reach 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

3
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.
Attractions like The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory make great kid-friendly stops. Visiting Will Rogers State Beach and El Pueblo de Los Angeles will get you outdoors. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, engage your brain at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and take a stroll through Angelino Heights Historic Area.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Los Angeles online route planner .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In March, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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night
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 29th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, then don't miss a visit to Valley View, then trek along Yosemite Valley Loop Trail, and finally kick back and relax at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park road trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in March, expect Yosemite National Park to be much colder, temps between 53°F and 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail ©
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail
Yosemite Valley Loop Trail ©
Yosemite Valley Loop Trail

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night
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 30th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Asilomar State Beach, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Carmel using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Carmel, with highs around 64°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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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 31st (Sun): explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island.

For photos and more tourist information, read San Francisco road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In March in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 50°F at night. On the 1st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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