8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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Fly to Fresno, Bus to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 1 night
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly

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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 8th (Tue): trek along Panorama Trail, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then hike along Nevada Falls Loop, and finally admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls. On the next day, make a trip to Olmsted Point, hike along Four Mile Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip planning app.

Columbia to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Columbia to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Columbia in June, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around 43°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Monterey trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June: highs in Monterey hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

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San Simeon

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle.

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Traveling by car from Monterey to San Simeon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Monterey in June, plan for warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 93°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, then examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, and finally learn about all things military at USS Pampanito. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and then examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary maker.

Drive from San Simeon to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Nature
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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.