8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California attractions planner

Make it your trip
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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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.
On the 7th (Sat), find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles driving holiday planner.

Detroit to Los Angeles is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in August, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 8:

Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and hike along Lembert Dome.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park visit planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 11:

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, and then contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get curious at Exploratorium and then stroll around Golden Gate Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Francisco driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 14:

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.