8 days in Raleigh, Durham & The Triangle & California Itinerary

8 days in Raleigh, Durham & The Triangle & California Itinerary

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8 days in Raleigh, Durham & The Triangle & California Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
Durham
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 15​min
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Charlotte

1
night
Durham

Durham ©
Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art and then hike along Neuse River Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duke University Chapel, and then have some family-friendly fun at Urban Axes Durham.

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Charlotte to Durham is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In December in Durham, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Durham

Parks Fun & Games Outdoors

Side Trip

Raleigh
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Urban Axes Durham ©
Urban Axes Durham
Sarah P. Duke Gardens ©
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Duke University Chapel ©
Duke University Chapel

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 16th (Mon): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. On the next day, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, then walk around Golden Gate Park, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco road trip tool .

You can fly from Durham to San Francisco in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Durham to San Francisco. Traveling from Durham in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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.
On the 18th (Wed), discover the magic at Disneyland Park and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then experience the excitement of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: highs in Los Angeles hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

2
nights
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.
On the 20th (Fri), pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego tour itinerary site .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

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