8 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 1 day
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
San Diego
— 2 nights


San Francisco — 1 day

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You've added Alcatraz Island, Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read San Francisco day trip website.

Saint Louis to San Francisco is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Saint Louis in June: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 71°F and lows are around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can fly to Monterey.
Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors
Side Trip

Monterey — 2 nights

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Your day by day itinerary now includes Surf School Santa Cruz as well as Monterey Bay Kayaks. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): glide peacefully along the water with Monterey Bay Kayaks and then head outdoors with Surf School Santa Cruz. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, explore and take pictures at 17-Mile Drive, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

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Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. In June in Monterey, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Solvang.
Parks · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours
Side Trips

Solvang — 1 night

Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Solvang online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Solvang takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Monterey in June, expect nights in Solvang to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Santa Monica.
Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Tours
Side Trips

Santa Monica — 2 nights

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, then make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, then enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Bay, and finally take a memorable drive along Mulholland Drive. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Six Flags Magic Mountain, shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, then don't miss a visit to Two Rodeo Drive, and finally take a stroll through Rodeo Drive.

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Drive from Solvang to Santa Monica in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Solvang in June, expect nights in Santa Monica to be somewhat warmer, around 61°F, while days are slightly colder, around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to San Diego.
Outdoors · Nature · Shopping · Parks
Side Trips

San Diego — 2 nights

America's Finest City

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 see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Diego visit planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in June, and nighttime lows around 64°F. On the 26th (Sat), you'll travel back home.
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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.