8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
San Diego
— 2 nights


San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and Union Square. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, take a stroll through Chinatown, and go for a walk through Lombard Street.

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Charlotte to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Charlotte to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Charlotte in July, with highs in San Francisco at 73°F and lows at 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Los Angeles

— 3 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.
Do your shopping at Two Rodeo Drive and Edelweiss Chocolate Factory. Rodeo Drive and Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Malibu (Nicholas Canyon Beach, Zuma Beach, &more). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

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Fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 83°F and 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

San Diego

— 2 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Black's Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

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Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: highs in San Diego hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 68°F. On the 16th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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.