8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

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

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Exploratorium and Japanese Tea Garden. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, make a trip to Lombard Street, and walk around Golden Gate Park.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip builder site .

Denver to San Francisco is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to San Francisco is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Denver in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 53°F in San Francisco. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

3
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.
Kids will enjoy Disneyland Park and Universal Studios Hollywood. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planner .

You can fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in June, with highs in Los Angeles at 79°F and lows at 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

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

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.
On the 6th (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SeaWorld San Diego. Here are some ideas for day two: observe the fascinating underwater world at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and then get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, you will find days in San Diego are little chillier (73°F), and nights are about the same (64°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

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

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