8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Dallas

2
nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like San Diego Zoo and Cabrillo National Monument. It doesn't end there: try out the rides at SeaWorld San Diego and examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego travel route planner.

Dallas to San Diego is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dallas to San Diego, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In October in San Diego, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Theme Parks
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

2
nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and Griffith Observatory. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, approximately 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, catch some excitement at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

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You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. October in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Bring the kids along to Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, walk around Crissy Field, and explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in October: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 73°F and lows are around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences

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