8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California vacation maker

Make it your trip
San Francisco
— 1 night
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
San Diego
— 3 nights
Tram to San Ysidro/Intl Border, Bus to Tijuana, Fly to Mexico City


San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): examine the collection at Exploratorium and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco travel website.

Mexico City, Mexico to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and tram. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mexico City in December: highs in San Francisco hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:

Los Angeles

— 3 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.
When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disneyland Park in Anaheim, approximately Anaheim away. Pack the 27th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles route website.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:

San Diego

— 3 nights

America's Finest City

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.
San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Balboa Park, walk around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, and examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Diego road trip site.

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. December in San Diego sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:

California travel guide

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.