8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Toronto

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night
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 25th (Sat): wander the streets of Union Square.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Francisco vacation builder app .

Toronto, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. When traveling from Toronto in August, plan for a bit cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
On the 27th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and then trek along Four Mile Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, trek along Panorama Trail, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Yosemite National Park using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): stroll through Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Carmel vacation builder app .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days in Carmel, with highs around 24°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

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night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 30th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Simeon visit planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in August, plan for warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 40°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Ephraim Pottery West Gallery ©
Ephraim Pottery West Gallery

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night
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, then kick back and relax at Butterfly Beach, and then make a trip to State Street.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from San Simeon to Santa Barbara by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Simeon in August: highs in Santa Barbara hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Butterfly Beach
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Butterfly Beach ©
Butterfly Beach
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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