8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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Cambria
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Los Angeles
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San Francisco
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Cambria — 2 nights

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). Visiting Moonstone Beach and Piedras Blancas will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Hearst Castle and Moonstone Beach Dr. There's more to do: stop by Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop.

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Seattle to Cambria is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. When traveling from Seattle in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cambria, with highs around 63°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can fly to Los Angeles.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
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Los Angeles — 2 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, and finally shop like a local with The Grove. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, then explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, and finally stop by Bergamot Station.

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Traveling by flight from Cambria to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Cambria in December, with highs in Los Angeles at 69°F and lows at 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to fly to San Francisco.
Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums
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San Francisco — 3 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Shop till you drop at Mumm Napa and Union Square. Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. Step out of San Francisco to go to Napa and see Trefethen Family Vineyards, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's more to do: get curious at Exploratorium and browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

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Fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Wineries
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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.