8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Anaheim
— 1 night
+3
bus + foot + Fly + Drive:  5​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Newark

1
night
San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
On the 20th (Sat), let little ones run wild at Balboa Park. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego itinerary maker tool .

Newark to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to San Diego. Traveling from Newark in April, expect San Diego to be somewhat warmer, temps between 71°F and 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

1
night
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park.

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You can drive from San Diego to Anaheim in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from San Diego, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Anaheim, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

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.
Spend the 24th (Wed) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and trek along May Lake Trailhead.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Getting from Anaheim to Yosemite National Park by combination of bus, flight, and car takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Anaheim in April, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (59°F), and nights are much colder (28°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 26th (Fri), take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip website .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 51°F. On the 27th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden
Lincoln Park ©
Lincoln Park

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