8 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 1 night
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Los Angeles
— 2 nights


San Francisco — 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Chinatown, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, read our San Francisco tour itinerary planner.

Chicago to San Francisco is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chicago to San Francisco. In October, San Francisco is a bit warmer than Chicago - with highs of 73°F and lows of 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 4 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pioneer Yosemite History Center and Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark. Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and North Dome. There's lots more to do: cruise along Tioga Pass, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, hike along Mariposa Grove, and explore the striking landscape at Half Dome.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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Los Angeles — 2 nights

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 28th (Fri): get curious at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, then see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame. Keep things going the next day: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles day trip site.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
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California travel guide

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.