8 days in California Itinerary

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


San Diego — 1 night

America's Finest City

Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Children's Pool and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego tour planning tool.

Atlanta to San Diego is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Atlanta in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Outdoors
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Los Angeles — 1 night

City of Angels

Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles journey planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in August, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (84°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.
Theme Parks
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Yosemite National Park — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): make a trip to Washburn Point, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, and finally explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, then hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, Yosemite National Park is colder at night with lows of 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to San Francisco.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
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San Francisco — 3 nights

City by the Bay

Kids will enjoy Golden Gate Bridge and Exploratorium. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and walk around Crissy Field.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 73°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums
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California travel guide

Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
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.