8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 1 night
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
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Carmel
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 3 nights

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 12th (Sat), take a stroll through Angelino Heights Historic Area and then look for gifts at Amoeba Music. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): make a trip to Montana Avenue, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Monica Farmers Market, then wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner.

Newark to Los Angeles is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to Los Angeles. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in September, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Side Trips

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Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Montana Avenue ©
Montana Avenue
Two Rodeo Drive ©
Two Rodeo Drive

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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery and Florist, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas and then look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Simeon trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect slightly colder evenings in San Simeon when traveling from Los Angeles in September, with lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 16th (Wed), immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Carmel journey builder tool.

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in September, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are little chillier, around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

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 17th (Thu): hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then wander the streets of Union Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): engage your brain at Exploratorium and then buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Francisco vacation planner.

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. On the 19th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Union Square ©
Union Square

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