8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Detroit

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.
You've now added Universal Studios Hollywood to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, and then catch some excitement at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

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Detroit to Los Angeles is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Detroit in December, things will get much hotter in Los Angeles: highs are around 69°F and lows about 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums
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Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Vernal Fall as well as Glacier Point. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, hike along Nevada Falls Loop, then take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, and finally don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Curry Village Ice Rink, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in December; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 46°F and lows reach 14°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

1
night
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
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.
You've now added Discover Lake Tahoe - Scenic Bus Tours to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): indulge your thirst for a good beer at South Lake Brewing Co and then go sightseeing with Discover Lake Tahoe - Scenic Bus Tours.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe sightseeing site .

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 6.5 hours. In December in South Lake Tahoe, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 19°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Tours Breweries & Distilleries
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Discover Lake Tahoe - Scenic Bus Tours ©

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Exploratorium, Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and finally see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, examine the collection at Exploratorium, and then don't miss a visit to Lombard Street.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Francisco driving holiday tool .

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. When traveling from South Lake Tahoe in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 59°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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