8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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New York City
train + bus + Fly:
8​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:
3​h 45​min
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + bus + train:
8​h 45​min
New York City

4
days
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and China Beach will get you outdoors. Bring the kids along to Fort Funston National Park and The Exploratorium. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, take a stroll through SoMa (South of Market Street), appreciate the extensive heritage of Twin Peaks, and explore the world behind art at Palace of Fine Arts Theatre.

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New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 55°F in San Francisco. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

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Fisherman's Wharf
Alcatraz Island
The Exploratorium

3
days
Los Angeles

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Take a break from the city and head to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Beach. Attractions like Disneyland Park and Santa Monica Pier make great kid-friendly stops. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, approximately 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Getty Center Publications.

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You can do a combination of flight and train from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, things will get a bit warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 85°F and lows about 65°F. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica
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Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park
Getty Center The Publications

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