8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  9​h
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

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.
On the 26th (Fri), examine the collection at The Getty Center.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip builder website .

New York City to Los Angeles is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Los Angeles is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in July, expect little chillier with lows of 66°F in Los Angeles. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

3
nights
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, trek along Lembert Dome, and stroll through Tuolumne Meadows.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect much colder with lows of 46°F in Yosemite National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf. On the 1st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have fun and explore at Exploratorium and then stroll through Golden Gate Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Francisco road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (73°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (57°F). You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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