8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

Make it your trip
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San Diego
— 1 night
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Dana Point
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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San Diego

— 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Sunset Cliffs Natural Park as well as La Jolla Cove. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour. Keep things going the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo and then walk around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

Before you visit San Diego, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

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. In January, San Diego is much warmer than Minneapolis - with highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Dana Point.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches · Outdoors

Dana Point

— 1 night
Dana Point is a city located in southern Orange County, California. Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

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Traveling by car from San Diego to Dana Point takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Dana Point can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. On the 4th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Dana Point

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Los Angeles

— 1 night

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
You've now added Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Bay, walk around Ocean View Park, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles travel website.

You can drive from Dana Point to Los Angeles in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Tours · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Yosemite, Tunnel View, Valley View and Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): make a trip to Yosemite Village, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, then take some stellar pictures from Valley View, and finally admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Washburn Point, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, and then explore the striking landscape at El Capitan.

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You can drive from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and car. In January, Yosemite National Park is cooler than Los Angeles - with highs of 44°F and lows of 13°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Walt Disney Family Museum as well as Lombard Street. On the 8th (Fri), step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Lombard Street and then see the interesting displays at Walt Disney Family Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

California travel guide

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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.