8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Jose
Drive
3
Santa Cruz
Drive
4
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Solvang
Drive
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Ventura
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Clarita
Drive
9
Palmdale
Drive
10
Barstow
Drive
11
Landers
Drive
12
Joshua Tree
— 1 night
Drive to Palm Springs International Airport, Fly to Amsterdam

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San Francisco — 2 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, then tee off at Lincoln Park, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs. Here are some ideas for day two: take an exotic tour of Point Reyes Safaris and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco journey planning tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to San Francisco is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Amsterdam to San Francisco. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in March; daily highs in San Francisco reach 21°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Jose.
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San Jose

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Jose online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to San Jose takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in March, and nighttime lows around 10°C. You'll set off for Santa Cruz on the 16th (Thu).
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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Santa Cruz takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Santa Cruz are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. On the 16th (Thu), you're off to Monterey.
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Monterey — 1 night

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on Elkhorn Slough Safari, grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Monterey takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Monterey sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to San Simeon.
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San Simeon — 1 night

When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 17th (Fri), stop by Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, get a dose of the wild on Stepladder Ranch & Creamery, and then hike along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Simeon trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Simeon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in March: highs in San Simeon hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 5°C. On the 18th (Sat), you're off to Solvang.
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Solvang

Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Solvang trip maker website.

You can drive from San Simeon to Solvang in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Solvang are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. You will leave for Ventura on the 18th (Sat).
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Ventura — 1 night

Ventura, officially the City of San Buenaventura, is the county seat of Ventura County, California, United States. On the 18th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mission San Buenaventura and then see some colorful creatures with Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat.

Before you visit Ventura, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Solvang to Ventura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Solvang in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Ventura, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Clarita.
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Santa Clarita

Santa Clarita, officially the City of Santa Clarita, is the fourth largest city in Los Angeles County, California, and the 24th largest in the state of California. To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Santa Clarita trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Ventura to Santa Clarita in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In March in Santa Clarita, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. You will leave for Palmdale on the 19th (Sun).
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Palmdale

Palmdale is a city in the center of northern Los Angeles County in the U.S. state of California. To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Palmdale day trip tool.

Getting from Santa Clarita to Palmdale by car takes about an hour. Traveling from Santa Clarita in March, Palmdale is slightly colder at night with lows of 7°C. You will leave for Barstow on the 19th (Sun).
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Barstow

Barstow is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. For photos and tourist information, you can read our Barstow online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Palmdale to Barstow in 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Palmdale in March since evenings lows in Barstow dip to 11°C. On the 19th (Sun), you'll travel to Landers.
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Landers

Landers is an unincorporated community in the Mojave Desert, in San Bernardino County, Southern California. For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Landers journey site.

Traveling by car from Barstow to Landers takes 1.5 hours. In March in Landers, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 11°C at night. You will leave for Joshua Tree on the 19th (Sun).
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Joshua Tree — 1 night

Joshua Tree is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Bernardino County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Joshua Tree National Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Joshua Tree trip itinerary builder website.

Joshua Tree is very close to Landers. March in Joshua Tree sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel back home.
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California travel guide

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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.
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