8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 1 night
2
Carmel
— 1 night
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights

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night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. On your second day here, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, thentake a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Alcatraz Island, and finally browse the exhibits of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip app.

Washington DC to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in June: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around °F and lows are around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Carmel.

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

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Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, and then kick back and relax at Point Lobos.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June in Carmel, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
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.
Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Nevada Falls Loop. Step off the beaten path and head to Yosemite Falls and Ansel Adams Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Trail, explore the striking landscape at Cloud's Rest, make a trip to Washburn Point, and hike along Panorama Trail.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park road trip planning site.

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 15.5 hours. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around °F, while nights are little chillier with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Annenberg Community Beach House, thenexamine the collection at The Getty Center, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online tour itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 12 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of °F in Los Angeles. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Annenberg Community Beach House ©
Annenberg Community Beach House

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