8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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1
San Francisco
— 1 night
2
Yountville
— 1 night
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 15th (Sun), visit a coastal fixture at Montara Point Lighthouse.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary tool.

Los Angeles to San Francisco is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around °C, while days are a bit cooler, around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yountville.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Stanford, Montara Point Lighthouse
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Anderson Collection at Stanford University ©
Montara Point Lighthouse ©
Montara Point Lighthouse
Rodin Sculpture Garden ©
Rodin Sculpture Garden

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Yountville

Yountville ©
Named after the man responsible for establishing Napa Valley's first vineyard, Yountville is a destination for foodies.
On the 17th (Tue), do a tasting at Bell Wine Cellars, thenlearn about winemaking at Hopper Creek Winery, thendo a tasting at Domaine Chandon, and finally learn about winemaking at Hill Family Estate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at General M.G. Vallejo Home, thenview the masterpieces at Quent Cordair Fine Art, and then learn about winemaking at Silver Trident Winery Tasting Home.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Yountville itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yountville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect little chillier with lows of °C in Yountville. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yountville

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Quent Cordair Fine Art, General M.G. Vallejo Home
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Bell Wine Cellars ©
Bell Wine Cellars
General M.G. Vallejo Home ©
General M.G. Vallejo Home
Quent Cordair Fine Art ©
Quent Cordair Fine Art

2
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Liberty Engine Company No. 1 Comstock Firemen's Museum, see the interesting displays at Silver State National Peace Officers Museum, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at St Theresa Catholic Church, and finally see the interesting displays at Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Diamond Peak Ski & Snowboard School and then shop like a local with Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe trip planner.

Getting from Yountville to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Yountville in December: high temperatures in South Lake Tahoe hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Museums Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Virginia City, Diamond Peak Ski & Snowboard School
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Silver State National Peace Officers Museum ©
Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum ©
Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum

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nights
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 21st (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove, thentake some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cast your line with a fishing tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

You can take a bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Yosemite National Park, with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to take a bus back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Washburn Point ©
Washburn Point

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