8 days in Los Angeles & San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

8 days in Los Angeles & San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

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8 days in Los Angeles & San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Detroit

3
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.
Let the collections at Battleship USS Iowa BB-61 and Hollywood Bowl Museum capture your imagination. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens and Christ Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley), Mission San Juan Capistrano (in San Juan Capistrano) and Newport Beach (in Newport Beach). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner.

Detroit to Los Angeles is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Detroit in September, things will get a bit warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 85°F and lows about 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Christ Cathedral, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Newport Beach
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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 2nd (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Del Mar Beach and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Carmel holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Carmel takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in October; daily highs in Carmel reach 70°F and lows reach 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Pfeiffer State Beach
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Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, then browse the exhibits of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and finally explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco travel site .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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