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 15​min
1
San Diego
— Few hours
2
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Rutherford
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

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San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego online driving holiday planner .

New York City to San Diego is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in October: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 78°F and lows are around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

1
night
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 29th (Mon): catch a live performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall, then kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, and then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
Walt Disney Concert Hall ©
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

1
night
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.
On the 30th (Tue), hike along Panorama Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (66°F), and nights are colder (28°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Rutherford.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

1
night
Rutherford

Rutherford ©
Rutherford is a census-designated place (CDP) in Napa County, California, United States. On the 31st (Wed), learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, do a tasting at Schramsberg Vineyards, do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, and finally do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rutherford tour itinerary tool .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Rutherford by car takes about 4.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, with highs in Rutherford at 76°F and lows at 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Rutherford

Wineries

Side Trips

St. Helena, Robert Mondavi Winery, Schramsberg Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, shop like a local with Union Square, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your San Francisco trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Rutherford to San Francisco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from Rutherford in October, San Francisco is a bit warmer at night with lows of 56°F. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
SoMa ©
SoMa

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