8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California Trip Planner

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Los Angeles
— 1 night


San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 14th (Sat), buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alcatraz Island and then enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Francisco travel route planner.

Los Angeles to San Francisco is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in October: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 73°F and lows are around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

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— 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. On the 17th (Tue), tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by The Cheese Shop and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lovers Point.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Carmel day trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Golf · Nature

Side Trips

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San Simeon

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Simeon journey planner.

Drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in October, expect nights in San Simeon to be little chillier, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

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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 20th (Fri), buy something for everyone on your list at Universal CityWalk Hollywood, stop by LA Farmers' Market, and then shop like a local with The Grove. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the different shops at Citadel Outlets, then stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade.

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Getting from San Simeon to Los Angeles by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from San Simeon in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 62°F in Los Angeles. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

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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.