8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon online trip itinerary planner.

Appleton to San Simeon is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Appleton to San Simeon, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Appleton in April, expect nights in San Simeon to be somewhat warmer, around 43°F, while days are warmer, around 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife · Parks · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Big Sur online itinerary planner.

Drive from San Simeon to Big Sur in 2 hours. While traveling from San Simeon, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Big Sur, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Point Lobos
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then examine the collection at Musee Mecanique.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Francisco tour itinerary app.

Getting from Big Sur to San Francisco by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Musee Mecanique ©
Musee Mecanique

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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.
On the 7th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, then take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at El Capitan and then explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park road trip website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in April: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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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 9th (Thu): learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then see the interesting displays at The Hollywood Museum, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip site.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by bus takes about 12 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (75°F), and nights are warmer (56°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive Museum
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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