8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  7​h
1
San Diego
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Detroit

few
hours
San Diego

San Diego ©
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 30th (Sun), stroll through La Jolla Cove.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego road trip planning site .

Detroit to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Detroit to San Diego. While traveling from Detroit, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

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Outdoors Parks Beaches
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

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night
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.
On the 1st (Mon), see the interesting displays at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, browse the different shops at The Grove, then wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

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The Grove ©
The Grove
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Visiting Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, hike along Panorama Trail, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park vacation planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Taft Point ©
Taft Point

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nights
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 5th (Fri): wander the streets of Union Square, steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, then wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Ghirardelli Square. Here are some ideas for day two: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, get curious at Exploratorium, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planning tool .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (73°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (57°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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City Lights Booksellers ©
City Lights Booksellers
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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