8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dayton
taxi + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Fresno
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  8​h
End: Dayton

2
nights
Fresno

Fresno ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sequoia National Park. On the 13th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Sequoia National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinzen Japanese Garden, see the interesting displays at Meux Home Museum, and then trek along Blossom Trail.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Fresno day trip planning website .

Dayton to Fresno is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Dayton to Fresno. Traveling from Dayton in June, you will find days in Fresno are a bit warmer (96°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Fresno

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Southgate Brewing Company, Sequoia National Park, Project Survival's Cat Haven, Room Escape Games
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Project Survival's Cat Haven ©
Project Survival's Cat Haven
Southgate Brewing Company ©
Southgate Brewing Company
Room Escape Games

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
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 16th (Tue), learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, stop by Sebastian General Store, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, then learn about winemaking at Moonstone Cellars, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Simeon trip planner.

You can drive from Fresno to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Fresno in June since evenings lows in San Simeon dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, stop by Carousel Candies, and then explore and take pictures at 17-Mile Drive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Scenic Road Walkway, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Breakwater.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Monterey itinerary maker site .

You can drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for much colder days and about the same nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Scenic Road Walkway
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): hike along Lands End, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In June in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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Lands End ©
Lands End
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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