8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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San Simeon
— 1 night
4
Big Sur
— 2 nights

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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, then take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Panorama Trail, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, and then make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning app.

Toronto, Canada to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, car, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Toronto in September, with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

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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 23rd (Wed): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then stop by Fisherman's Wharf, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace, then shop like a local with City Lights Booksellers, and finally wander the streets of Union Square.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco travel route planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon online visit planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to San Simeon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from San Francisco in September, you will find days in San Simeon are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are slightly colder (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 26th (Sat), stroll through Point Lobos, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Big Sur trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Big Sur takes 2 hours. While traveling from San Simeon, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Big Sur, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Point Lobos
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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