8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  7 h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
San Diego
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  7 h 30 min
End: Washington DC

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and get curious at Exploratorium.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco attractions planning app .

Washington DC to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In March, San Francisco is a bit warmer than Washington DC - with highs of 65°F and lows of 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier and then get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at The Getty Center, experience the excitement of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary planning site .

Fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo and then see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego journey planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 56°F. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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