8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip itinerary planner

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Fly
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Santa Cruz
Drive
3
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
5
Solvang
— 1 night

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San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Dunes Beach, Corona Heights, Nob Hill, and other attractions you added. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Half Moon Bay (Mavericks & Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail). Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco itinerary planner.

Irvine to San Francisco is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Irvine in July, expect San Francisco to be slightly colder, temps between 73°F and 57°F. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
You've added Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, Shark Fin Cove, Natural Bridges State Beach, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Pescadero State Beach, kick back and relax at Bean Hollow State Beach, go for a walk through Shark Fin Cove, then enjoy the sand and surf at Natural Bridges State Beach, then see the interesting displays at Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, and finally go for a walk through West Cliff Drive.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz trip tool.

Getting from San Francisco to Santa Cruz by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Santa Cruz sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. You've added McWay Falls, China Cove and Gibson Beach, Point Lobos, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row, do a tasting at A Taste of Monterey-Wine Market & Bistro, wander the streets of Old Fisherman's Wharf, then kick back and relax at Lovers Point, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Point Pinos Lighthouse.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Monterey day trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Monterey in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In July in Monterey, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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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.
You've added Morro Strand State Beach, Morro Rock, Moonstone Beach, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 11th (Sun), get great views at Ragged Point Overlook, enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station, enjoy the sand and surf at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, then cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, then stroll through Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, and finally stroll through Moonstone Beach.

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You can drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Monterey in July, plan for warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 94°F by day to 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Solvang.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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Solvang

— 1 night
Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. Your day by day itinerary now includes Pismo State Beach. On the 12th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Pismo State Beach, admire the architecture and history at Old Mission Santa Ines, walk around Nojoqui Falls Park, then contemplate the long history of La Purisima State Historical Park, then stroll through Ostrich Land, and finally do a tasting at The Sanger Family of Wines.

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Traveling by car from San Simeon to Solvang takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for little chillier days in Solvang, with highs around 87°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Solvang

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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California travel guide

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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.