8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 1 night
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 4 nights

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): kick back and relax at Santa Monica Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, then wander the streets of Rodeo Drive, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and finally shop like a local with Montana Avenue.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online trip itinerary builder.

Des Moines to Los Angeles is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Des Moines to Los Angeles is minus 2 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Des Moines in January, with highs in Los Angeles at 70°F and lows at 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 13:
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Montana Avenue
4.2
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Specialty Museum
The Getty Center
4.8

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San Diego

San Diego ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, shop like a local with Spanish Village Art Center, then get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter, and finally see the interesting displays at Mingei International Museum. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Diego online trip maker.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In January, daytime highs in San Diego are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
La Jolla Cove
4.7
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Specialty Museum
USS Midway Museum
4.8
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Specialty Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego
4.6

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Patrick Amiotfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to San Gregorio State Beach (in San Gregorio), Healdsburg (Sapphire Hill Winery, Alexander Valley Vineyards, &more) and Bodega Dunes (in Bodega). And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at City Lights Booksellers, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, visit The Embarcadero, and take a stroll through Union Square.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip maker website.

Getting from San Diego to San Francisco by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Diego in January; daily highs in San Francisco reach 59°F and lows reach 46°F. On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 19:
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Alcatraz Island
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Pier / Boardwalk
Fisherman's Wharf
3.4

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