8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Dallas

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Baker Beach and Ocean Beach. Head to Exploratorium and Ferry Building Marketplacefor some retail therapy. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner .

Dallas to San Francisco is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dallas to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Dallas in March: highs in San Francisco hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

2
nights
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. On the 12th (Thu), explore and take pictures at 17-Mile Drive, then kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, then stop by AiX, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Carmel Art Association. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, then shop like a local with Photography West Gallery, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel online trip planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In March in Carmel, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carmel

Shopping Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, 17-Mile Drive, AiX
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): browse the different shops at The Grove and then discover the magic at Disneyland Park. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Melrose Trading Post, and then look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planning website .

Fly from Carmel to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Carmel in March, with highs in Los Angeles at 74°F and lows at 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Theme Parks Nightlife

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
The Grove ©
The Grove
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

1
night
San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in March, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are slightly colder, around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

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