8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California journey maker

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South Lake Tahoe
— 1 day
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
— 2 nights
San Francisco
— 2 nights


South Lake Tahoe

— 1 day
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
On the 23rd (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakeside Beach, indulge your taste buds at Wine Tours From Tahoe, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Baldwin Beach.

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Atlanta to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Atlanta to South Lake Tahoe due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Atlanta, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in South Lake Tahoe, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wineries

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Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Olmsted Point, admire the sheer force of Chilnualna Falls, appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark, and explore the striking landscape at Cloud's Rest.

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Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park takes 3 hours. In July in Yosemite National Park, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors


— 2 nights
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): do a tasting at Stephen & Walker Winery, learn about winemaking at Sapphire Hill Winery, then learn about winemaking at Gracianna Winery, and finally awaken your taste buds at Ace It Bike Tours. On your second day here, learn about winemaking at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, do a tasting at Korbel Champagne Cellars, and then kick back and relax at Sonoma Coast State Beach.

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You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Healdsburg in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July since evenings lows in Healdsburg dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a leisurely stroll along The Embarcadero and then stop by SoMa.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco driving holiday website.

You can drive from Healdsburg to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. While traveling from Healdsburg, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

California travel guide

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.