8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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Fly to Reno, Bus to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
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Monterey
— 1 night
Drive
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Cambria
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Fly
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San Diego
— 1 night
Fly

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Yosemite National Park — 2 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove. Take a break from the city and head to Yosemite, Tunnel View and Yosemite Falls. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, tour the pleasant surroundings at North Dome, look for all kinds of wild species at McGurk Meadow, and take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

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Norfolk to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Norfolk to Yosemite National Park. When traveling from Norfolk in October, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 66°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 1 night

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 11th (Tue): take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique.

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You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 73°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Monterey.
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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. On the 12th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

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You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Monterey are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive 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). Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take a memorable tour with Stepladder Ranch & Creamery, step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, then stop by Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center, and finally kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

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You can drive from Monterey to Cambria in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in October: highs in Cambria hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) 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 14th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, get reinvigorated at Salt Cave, then make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, and finally indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

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Getting from Cambria to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Cambria in October, you will find days in Santa Barbara are slightly colder (77°F), and nights are a bit warmer (53°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can fly to San Diego.
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San Diego — 1 night

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.
On the 15th (Sat), stroll through Children's Pool and then see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

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You can fly from Santa Barbara to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for the flight 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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