8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California tour itinerary planner

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Fly to San Francisco International Airport, Drive to Carmel
— 2 nights
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly to Los Angeles International Airport, Drive to Laguna Niguel
Laguna Niguel
— 1 night
Los Angeles
— 2 nights



— 2 nights
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. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): stroll through Carmel River State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then stop by The Cheese Shop.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary site.

Sioux City to Carmel is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sioux City to Carmel due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Sioux City, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 13th (Thu), get curious at Exploratorium and then don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Union Square, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Laguna Niguel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums · Shopping

Laguna Niguel

— 1 night
Laguna Niguel is a suburban city in Orange County, California in the United States. On the 15th (Sat), admire the majestic nature at Crystal Cove.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Laguna Niguel visit planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from San Francisco to Laguna Niguel. In September, Laguna Niguel is a bit warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 83°F and lows of 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Laguna Niguel

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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Los Angeles

— 2 nights

City of Angels

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 16th (Sun): make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner.

Traveling by car from Laguna Niguel to Los Angeles takes 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. On the 18th (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

California travel guide

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.