8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive
2
West Hollywood
— 1 night
Fly
3
Santa Clara
— 1 night
Drive
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly

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San Diego

— 3 nights

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Get in touch with nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Coronado Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lions, Tigers & Bears and Pacific Beach. And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take a stroll through Little Italy, stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, and visit a coastal fixture at Old Point Loma Lighthouse.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Diego visit planner.

Philadelphia to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in October, expect San Diego to be a bit warmer, temps between 78°F and 64°F. You'll set off for West Hollywood on the 27th (Tue).

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

West Hollywood

— 1 night
West Hollywood, occasionally referred to locally as WeHo, is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): indulge your taste buds at Malibu Wine Safaris. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Santa Monica Bay, then go for a walk through 26-Mile Bike Path, and then kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read West Hollywood trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to West Hollywood takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and subway. October in West Hollywood sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Santa Clara.

Things to do in West Hollywood

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Clara

— 1 night
Santa Clara is a city in Santa Clara County, California. On the 29th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Ulistac Natural Area, identify plant and animal life at Mission Peak Regional Preserve, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hidden Villa Farm.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Santa Clara trip planner.

Getting from West Hollywood to Santa Clara by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of subway and bus. Traveling from West Hollywood in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Santa Clara, with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Clara

Wildlife · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): stroll through Lands End, admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Santa Clara to San Francisco in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.