8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Gainesville, Florida
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Gainesville, Florida

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Big Sur trip itinerary maker site .

Gainesville to Big Sur is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Gainesville to Big Sur is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Gainesville in November, things will get slightly colder in Big Sur: highs are around 65°F and lows about 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Big Sur

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Partington Cove ©
Partington Cove
New Camaldoli Hermitage ©
New Camaldoli Hermitage
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 29th (Fri), step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, and then contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read San Francisco holiday planner .

Drive from Big Sur to San Francisco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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.
On the 30th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Washburn Point, take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Keep things going the next day: cruise along Tioga Pass, then hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and then make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park itinerary planning website .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in November, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (54°F), and nights are cooler (19°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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.
On the 2nd (Mon), take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier and then make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles travel tool .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, Los Angeles is much hotter than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 69°F and lows of 49°F. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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