8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip itinerary builder

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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive
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Big Sur
Drive
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Cambria
— 1 night
Drive
5
Morro Bay
— 1 night
Drive
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San Luis Obispo
Drive
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Los Olivos
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Barbara
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive
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San Diego
— 1 night
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San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 3rd (Fri), examine the collection at de Young Museum, then make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, and then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, read San Francisco trip maker.

Springfield to San Francisco is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Springfield in September, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are little chillier, around 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks

Santa Cruz

— 1 night
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz road trip site.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Santa Cruz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Santa Cruz can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

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Big Sur

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore and take pictures at Old Coast Road.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Big Sur trip planner.

Getting from Santa Cruz to Big Sur by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Santa Cruz in September: highs in Big Sur hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Big Sur

Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Cambria

— 1 night
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). On the 6th (Mon), surround yourself with nature on Stepladder Ranch & Creamery.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Cambria online visit planner.

You can drive from Big Sur to Cambria in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Big Sur in September, expect nights in Cambria to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 90°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Cambria

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Morro Bay

— 1 night
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Montana de Oro State Park.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Morro Bay trip maker tool.

Morro Bay is just a stone's throw from Cambria. When traveling from Cambria in September, plan for slightly colder days in Morro Bay, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. On the 7th (Tue), you'll travel to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. state of California, located roughly midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the Central Coast. On the 7th (Tue), explore and take pictures at Highway 1 Discovery Route.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Luis Obispo trip itinerary planner.

San Luis Obispo is just a short distance from Morro Bay. In September, daytime highs in San Luis Obispo are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Los Olivos.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Los Olivos

— 1 night
Los Olivos is a census-designated place in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County, California. You can plan Los Olivos trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from San Luis Obispo to Los Olivos in an hour. Traveling from San Luis Obispo in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Los Olivos, with lows of 52°F. On the 8th (Wed), you're off to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Olivos

Wineries · Outdoors · Shopping · Nightlife

Santa Barbara

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Los Olivos to Santa Barbara takes an hour. Traveling from Los Olivos in September, expect nights in Santa Barbara to be a bit warmer, around 58°F, while days are slightly colder, around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours
Highlights from your trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, examine the collection at The Getty Center, and then admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip builder.

Getting from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than Santa Barbara - with highs of 85°F and lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): stroll around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Diego online attractions planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in September: highs in San Diego hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums · Parks

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.