8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
West Hollywood
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
End: Chicago

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences. Let the collections at Musee Mecanique and USS Pampanito capture your imagination. There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, take a stroll through SoMa, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip maker app .

Chicago to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to San Francisco is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Chicago in July; daily highs in San Francisco reach 73°F and lows reach 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Neighborhoods
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

1
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 19th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are somewhat warmer (83°F), and nights are slightly colder (46°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles

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 20th (Sat): discover the magic at Disneyland Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

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You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to take a subway to West Hollywood.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

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

1
night
West Hollywood

West Hollywood ©
West Hollywood, occasionally referred to locally as WeHo, is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): look and learn at Camera Obscura and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Monica State Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our West Hollywood holiday planning website .

West Hollywood is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect nights in West Hollywood to be about the same, around 65°F, while days are little chillier, around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in West Hollywood

Outdoors Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Camera Obscura ©
Camera Obscura

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