8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California visit planner

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
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Monterey
— 1 night
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Fly to La Guardia Airport

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San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf and then stroll through Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Muir Woods National Monument, and then examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Francisco. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from New York City in July, with highs in San Francisco at 73°F and lows at 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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 3rd (Sat): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Monterey trip planning site.

Drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

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 4th (Sun), kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, look for gifts at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Simeon day trip planner.

You can drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Monterey, expect warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 94°F to lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. Visiting Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Fall will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, trek along Lembert Dome, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and identify plant and animal life at North Dome.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park sightseeing planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Simeon in July: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 83°F and lows are around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

California travel guide

4.1
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.