8 days in California Itinerary

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San Diego
— 2 nights
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
San Francisco
— 3 nights


San Diego — 2 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.
Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, contemplate the long history of Cabrillo National Monument, walk around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, and let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

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San Francisco to San Diego is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December, San Diego is a bit warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 68°F and lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Fun & Games
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Los Angeles — 2 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.
On the 17th (Sat), find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Getty Center, shop like a local with The Grove, then examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, then learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to fly to San Francisco.
Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping
Side Trip
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San Francisco — 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for sightseeing, nature, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, go for a walk through Lombard Street, take in panoramic vistas at Coit Tower, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace.

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Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 45°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums
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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.