8 days in California & Venice Itinerary

8 days in California & Venice Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States Trip Planner

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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cambria
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly
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Venice
— 1 night
Fly

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San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 14th (Sat), browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs, and finally wander the streets of Union Square. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace, then contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

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The Route module can give you travel options from your home to San Francisco. In October, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature · Parks
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Carmel

— 2 nights
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then stop by The Cheese Shop.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Carmel travel route tool.

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. October in Carmel sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Beaches · Nature · Outdoors
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Cambria

Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cambria trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Carmel to Cambria in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from Carmel in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Cambria, with highs around 83°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Cambria

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
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Santa Barbara

— 1 night

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take a memorable drive along State Street Underpass, then steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, and then hunt for treasures at Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip planner.

You can drive from Cambria to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Cambria in October, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Santa Barbara: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Scenic Drive
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Los Angeles

— 2 nights

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 19th (Thu), examine the collection at The Getty Center, wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, then get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove, and finally stop by Amoeba Music.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Santa Barbara in October since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Venice

— 1 night
Venice is a city in Sarasota County, Florida, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): stop by Venice Fine Wine & Spirits and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Caspersen Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Venice day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Venice takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Venice due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Venice, with lows of 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping
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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.