8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: New Orleans
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: New Orleans

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ghirardelli Square. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, shop like a local with Exploratorium, and get into the urban bustle at Civic Center.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco day trip website .

New Orleans to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from New Orleans to San Francisco, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from New Orleans in June: highs in San Francisco hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Union Square ©
Union Square

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): look for gifts at AiX, then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and finally snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel attractions website .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July in Carmel, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

AiX, Bixby Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

2
nights
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 4th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery and then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, then cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Simeon road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in July, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are much hotter, around 94°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

2
nights
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 6th (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive, stop by Amoeba Music, wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, then take a stroll through Montana Avenue, and finally catch a live performance at Third Street Promenade. Here are some ideas for day two: take in a show at Melrose Trading Post.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planner.

Getting from San Simeon to Los Angeles by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from San Simeon, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Nightlife Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
Melrose Trading Post ©
Melrose Trading Post

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