8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Detroit
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  9​h 45​min
Sacramento
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Napa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
San Francisco
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  8​h
Detroit

2
days
Sacramento

Sacramento
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
On the 25th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Sutter's Fort State Historic Park, examine the collection at California State Capitol and Museum, then see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Crocker Art Museum, meet the residents at Sacramento Zoo, and then get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sacramento driving holiday planning website .

Detroit to Sacramento is an approximately 10-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Detroit in July, expect nights in Sacramento to be a bit cooler, around 59°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 92°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

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Sutter's Fort State Historic Park
Sutter's Fort State Historic Park
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Sacramento Zoo
Sacramento Zoo

1
day
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, then don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and then cruise along Tioga Pass.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip site .

Drive from Sacramento to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In July, Yosemite National Park is a bit cooler than Sacramento - with highs of 82°F and lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Napa.

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Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias

2
days
Napa

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, then learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, then do a tasting at V. Sattui, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Napa holiday planning site .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Napa in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, Napa is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

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St. Helena, Robert Mondavi Winery
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Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery

2
days
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco tour app .

Getting from Napa to San Francisco by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and subway; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Napa in July, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Wed) before leaving for home.

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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf

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