8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Lombard Street, browse the different shops at Ghirardelli Square, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip planning website .

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in July, expect San Francisco to be a bit cooler, temps between 73°F and 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Glacier Point. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, and take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park travel planning app .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 little chillier (46°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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 11th (Thu): buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive, stop by Amoeba Music, then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

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

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, Los Angeles is a bit warmer at night with lows of 66°F. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Two Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Amoeba Music ©
Amoeba Music

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