8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
4
Beverly Hills
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Malibu
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Anaheim
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Newark

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden and then don't miss a visit to Lombard Street. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip builder app .

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in December, expect San Francisco to be a bit warmer, temps between 59°F and 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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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.
On the 27th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Badger Pass Ski Area.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park visit planning app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 46°F by day to 14°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, then catch some excitement at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and then examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, Los Angeles is warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 69°F and lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Beverly Hills.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games
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Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills ©
Beverly Hills is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States, surrounded by the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then tour the pleasant surroundings at South Bay Bicycle Trail, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Beverly Hills online trip planner .

Beverly Hills is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. In December in Beverly Hills, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Malibu.

Things to do in Beverly Hills

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Santa Monica
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South Bay Bicycle Trail ©
South Bay Bicycle Trail
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Santa Monica Mountains, explore the stunning scenery at Solstice Canyon, and then examine the collection at The Getty Villa.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Malibu road trip tool .

Drive from Beverly Hills to Malibu in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Malibu sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Malibu

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Monica Mountains
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Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
The Getty Villa ©
The Getty Villa
Solstice Canyon ©
Solstice Canyon

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Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): laugh and play at Downtown Disney and then discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Anaheim trip planning tool .

You can drive from Malibu to Anaheim in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, tram, and train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Anaheim are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): see the interesting displays at San Diego Air & Space Museum and then pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

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You can drive from Anaheim to San Diego in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 51°F. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:
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San Diego Air & Space Museum
San Diego Air & Space Museum
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

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