8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Boston

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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 16th (Sat): kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego online visit planner .

Boston to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. In February, San Diego is much warmer than Boston - with highs of 68°F and lows of 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, look for gifts at Craft & Folk Art Museum, and then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles holiday planner.

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In February, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Craft Contemporary ©
Craft Contemporary

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and North Dome. Get a sense of the local culture at Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Museum Gallery. On the 18th (Mon), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. There's more to do: hike along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in February: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 48°F and lows are around 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area ©
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area
North Dome ©
North Dome
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace, and finally wander the streets of Union Square. On your second day here, get curious at Exploratorium, steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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