8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
San Diego
— 3 nights


San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street, and get curious at California Academy of Sciences.

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Minneapolis to San Francisco is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Minneapolis in February; daily highs in San Francisco reach 62°F and lows reach 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier and then discover the magic at Disneyland Park. On the next day, examine the collection at The Getty Center, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then get curious at California Science Center, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

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Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in February, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums · Nightlife

Side Trips

San Diego

— 3 nights

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.
San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, and let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

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Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In February, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

California travel guide

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.