8 days in California Itinerary

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

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, Alcatraz Island, Ghirardelli Square, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, then shop like a local with Ghirardelli Square, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner.

Saint Louis to San Francisco is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Saint Louis to San Francisco, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Saint Louis in June, expect San Francisco to be little chillier, temps between 71°F and 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Monterey.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping
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. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): find your balance on the water with Monterey Bay Kayaks and then see Surf School Santa Cruz. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium, take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, and then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Monterey trip planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Monterey by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in June, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Solvang.
Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Tours
Side Trips

Solvang — 1 night

Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Solvang travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Monterey to Solvang by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in June: highs in Solvang hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santa Monica.
Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Shopping
Side Trips

Santa Monica — 2 nights

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.
On the 23rd (Wed), stroll through Santa Monica State Beach, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Monica Bay, and finally take a memorable drive along Mulholland Drive. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Six Flags Magic Mountain, get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, then buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive, and finally wander the streets of Rodeo Drive.

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You can drive from Solvang to Santa Monica in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Solvang, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Santa Monica, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.
Outdoors · Nature · Beaches · Parks
Side Trips

San Diego — 2 nights

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.
For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Santa Monica to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in San Diego are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. On the 26th (Sat), you'll travel back home.
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California travel guide

Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
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.