8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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Fly to San Francisco International Airport, Drive to Carmel
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Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Highland
— 1 night
Drive
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South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive
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Willow Creek
— 1 night
Drive to California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport, Fly to San Francisco International Airport
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San Francisco
— 1 day
Fly to Frankfurt, Train to Dusseldorf

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Carmel

— 1 night
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 4th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, get engrossed in the history at Carmel Mission, then enjoy the sea views from Point Pinos Lighthouse, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip itinerary builder app.

Dusseldorf, Germany to Carmel is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Dusseldorf to Carmel. When traveling from Dusseldorf in July, plan for little chillier days in Carmel, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

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San Simeon

— 1 night
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Simeon day trip planning app.

Getting from Carmel to San Simeon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in July, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are much warmer, around 40°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Tue) before leaving for Highland.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 6:

Highland

— 1 night
Highland is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): explore and take pictures at Keller Peak Fire Lookout.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Highland trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from San Simeon to Highland in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from San Simeon in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Highland, with lows of 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Highland

Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

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South Lake Tahoe

— 1 night
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Genoa Cemetery, then kick back and relax at Nevada Beach Campground, and then stroll through Lakeside Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary builder website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Highland to South Lake Tahoe. Traveling from Highland in July, you will find days in South Lake Tahoe are a bit cooler (32°C), and nights are colder (9°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Willow Creek.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Willow Creek

— 1 night
Willow Creek is a census-designated place in Humboldt County, California, United States. To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Willow Creek trip builder app.

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Willow Creek takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July: highs in Willow Creek hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 13°C. On the 9th (Fri), you're off to San Francisco.

Things to do in Willow Creek

Museums · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors
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San Francisco

— 1 day

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 9th (Fri): stroll through Baker Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Rodeo Beach, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Francisco travel route builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Willow Creek to San Francisco. While traveling from Willow Creek, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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California travel guide

4.1
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.

Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

4.3
Ski Areas · Zipline · State Parks
Lake of the Sky
Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe draws visitors from both states and beyond to its shores. With an average of 300 sunny days annually, it's no surprise that the lake is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. The blue-green waters beckon travelers for swimming, boating, windsurfing, or kayaking. The lake also has a number of walking trails for those who don't want to get wet. In the colder months, skiers take to the surrounding mountains. The south shore is the most developed side of the lake, with more things to do, while the west and north shores are generally more tranquil.