8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
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Santa Clarita
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San Diego
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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: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, go for a walk through Lombard Street, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner.

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in March: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 65°F and lows are around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Santa Clarita.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Santa Clarita

— 2 nights
Santa Clarita, officially the City of Santa Clarita, is the fourth largest city in Los Angeles County, California, and the 24th largest in the state of California. You've now added Six Flags Hurricane Harbor to your itinerary. On the 2nd (Fri), cool off at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, then look for gifts at Westfield Valencia Town Center, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santa Monica Mountains. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the pleasant sights at 26-Mile Bike Path, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and then immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Santa Clarita trip maker.

Fly from San Francisco to Santa Clarita in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in April, with highs in Santa Clarita at 74°F and lows at 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Clarita

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
On the 4th (Sun), appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Diego itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Santa Clarita to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · 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.