8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Half Moon Bay
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
3
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
5
Los Angeles
— Few hours
6
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Laguna Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Chicago

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): kick back and relax at Baker Beach, go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Francisco online holiday builder .

Chicago to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chicago to San Francisco. Traveling from Chicago in March, things will get somewhat warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 65°F and lows about 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Half Moon Bay.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Beaches
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Baker Beach ©
Baker Beach

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Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay ©
Half Moon Bay is a coastal city in San Mateo County, California, United States. To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Half Moon Bay trip tool .

Drive from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in March, things will get a bit cooler in Half Moon Bay: highs are around 59°F and lows about 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Monterey.

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Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Half Moon Bay State Beach ©
Half Moon Bay State Beach

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Monterey

Monterey
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Monterey trip planner .

Getting from Half Moon Bay to Monterey by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Monterey are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Monterey

Trails Beaches Wildlife

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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night
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, do a tasting at Jaffurs Wine Cellars, then stroll through Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally wander the streets of State Street Underpass.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Monterey to Santa Barbara by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In March, daytime highs in Santa Barbara are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

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Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Jaffurs Wine Cellars ©
Jaffurs Wine Cellars

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planning website .

Getting from Laguna Beach to Los Angeles by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In March in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Santa Monica.

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Outdoors Parks Tours
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Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): see the interesting displays at The Getty Villa, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Monica State Beach, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and finally make a trip to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Santa Monica trip simple and quick.

Santa Monica is very close to Los Angeles. Traveling from Los Angeles in March, you will find days in Santa Monica are little chillier (68°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

The Getty Villa
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
The Getty Villa ©
The Getty Villa

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Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach ©
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. On the 19th (Tue), admire the majestic nature at Crystal Cove.

Make your Laguna Beach itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Santa Monica to Laguna Beach by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. March in Laguna Beach sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 54°F at night. On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove

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night
San Diego

San Diego ©
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 19th (Tue), kick back and relax at Children's Pool.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Laguna Beach to San Diego by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in March, and nighttime lows around 56°F. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool
San Diego Air & Space Museum ©
San Diego Air & Space Museum

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