8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  5​h
1
Los Angeles
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Ventura
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Pismo Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Santa Rosa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Mendocino
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Ferndale
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Seattle

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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.
To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip builder site .

Seattle to Los Angeles is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. On the 4th (Sun), you'll travel to Ventura.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
night
Ventura

Ventura ©
Ventura, officially the City of San Buenaventura, is the county seat of Ventura County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): hike along Arroyo Verde Park and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Ventura to Ojai Paved Bike Path.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Ventura online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Los Angeles to Ventura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect Ventura to be a bit cooler, temps between 73°F and 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Ventura

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ventura to Ojai Paved Bike Path ©
Ventura to Ojai Paved Bike Path
Arroyo Verde Park ©
Arroyo Verde Park

1
night
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Pismo Beach trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Ventura to Pismo Beach takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ventura in August: highs in Pismo Beach hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trip

Tobin James Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Tobin James Cellars ©
Tobin James Cellars

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. For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Carmel journey builder site .

Traveling by car from Pismo Beach to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Pismo Beach in August: highs in Carmel hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 57°F. You will leave for Santa Cruz on the 7th (Wed).

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
night
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
On the 7th (Wed), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then go for a walk through Shark Fin Cove, and then kick back and relax at Natural Bridges State Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Carmel to Santa Cruz in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In August in Santa Cruz, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Santa Rosa.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Shark Fin Cove
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach
Shark Fin Cove ©
Shark Fin Cove

1
night
Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa ©
Located less than an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa serves as a convenient hub for travelers on their way to the world-famous Napa Valley wine country.
On the 8th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West, then see the interesting displays at Charles M. Schulz Museum, and then do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Bodega Head and then immerse yourself in nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Santa Rosa trip planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Santa Rosa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Santa Cruz in August, you will find days in Santa Rosa are a bit warmer (82°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Mendocino.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

V. Sattui Winery, Bodega Head, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Safari West ©
Safari West
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Bodega Head ©
Bodega Head

1
night
Mendocino

Mendocino ©
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, then stop by Mendocino Jams & Preserves, and then take a memorable drive along Mendocino Coast.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Mendocino online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Santa Rosa to Mendocino in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Santa Rosa in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mendocino, with highs around 93°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Ferndale.

Things to do in Mendocino

Parks Scenic Drive Nature

Side Trip

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Mendocino Coast ©
Mendocino Coast
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ©
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Mendocino Jams & Preserves ©
Mendocino Jams & Preserves

1
night
Ferndale

Ferndale ©
Ferndale is a city in Humboldt County, California, United States. To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ferndale driving holiday planning website .

Traveling by car from Mendocino to Ferndale takes 3 hours. When traveling from Mendocino in August, plan for cooler days in Ferndale, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ferndale

Scenic Drive Outdoors Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Blacksmith Shop ©
The Blacksmith Shop

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