8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ventura
— 1 night
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive
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Cambria
— 1 night
Drive
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Monterey
— 2 nights
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Coronado Beach and Moonlight State Beach. Visit Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery and Old Point Loma Lighthouse for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Carlsbad to see Carlsbad Village about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, pause for some photo ops at The Unconditional Surrender, appreciate the extensive heritage of San Diego Bay Walk, and enjoy the sand and surf at Windansea Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip site.

Norfolk to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Norfolk in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Ventura.
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Ventura — 1 night

Ventura, officially the City of San Buenaventura, is the county seat of Ventura County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): stop by Fox Fine Jewelry, brush up on your military savvy at U.S. Navy Seabee Museum, then immerse yourself in nature at Oxnard Beach Park, and finally see some colorful creatures with Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Ventura tour itinerary maker site.

Fly from San Diego to Ventura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 57°F in Ventura. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.
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Santa Barbara — 1 night

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 11th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Douglas Family Preserve.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara holiday builder app.

Santa Barbara is just a stone's throw from Ventura. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in October, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cambria.
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Cambria — 1 night

Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). On the 13th (Thu), hike along Bluff Trail, then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Vista Point, and finally steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cambria driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Cambria in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in October, expect nights in Cambria to be a bit cooler, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.
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Monterey — 2 nights

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmel Mission, then enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, and finally pause for some photo ops at The Cannery Row Monument.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Monterey road trip website.

You can drive from Cambria to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Cambria in October, expect nights in Monterey to be somewhat warmer, around 52°F, while days are slightly colder, around 70°F. On the 15th (Sat), you'll travel back home.
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California travel guide

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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.
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