8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Chicago

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the San Francisco driving holiday planner .

Chicago to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in April: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 67°F and lows are around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Yosemite Village, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, make a trip to Washburn Point, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally trek along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park road trip site .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

3
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
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 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Getty Center, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, admire the natural beauty at The Japanese Garden, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip maker .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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