8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California itinerary maker

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive
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Anaheim
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly

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San Diego

— 2 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Get in touch with nature at Del Mar City Beach and Ocean Beach Dog Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dog Beach and Swami's Beach. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Harbor and Shelter Islands, kick back and relax at Coronado Dog Beach, contemplate the long history of Mormon Battalion Historic Site, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Diego itinerary planner.

Minneapolis to San Diego is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Minneapolis in March, things will get warmer in San Diego: highs are around 69°F and lows about 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Anaheim

— 2 nights

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): discover the magic at Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!. Keep things going the next day: experience the excitement of Toy Story Midway Mania!, enjoy some diversion at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, then catch some excitement at Soarin' Around The World, and finally catch some excitement at Indiana Jones Adventure.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Anaheim day trip site.

You can drive from San Diego to Anaheim in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from San Diego, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Anaheim, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Anaheim

Fun & Games · Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles and then get a dose of the wild on YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Anaheim to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Anaheim in March, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 53°F and lows at 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You've now added San Francisco Bay to your itinerary. On the 1st (Thu), explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, stroll through Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail, stroll through Half Moon Bay State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mavericks, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Miramar Beach.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Francisco road trip planning website.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in March: highs in San Francisco hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trip

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
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.