An 8-Day California Itinerary For Outdoor Enthusiasts

This carefully crafted 8-day itinerary is an absolute delight for nature enthusiasts who are eager to explore the exquisite beauty of California. With awe-inspiring mountains, pristine beaches, and picturesque landscapes, this trip offers an unforgettable adventure that will leave you captivated. Be prepared to hike through stunning national parks, visit charming coastal towns, and indulge in some of the most delectable local cuisines. Embark on this journey of a lifetime, and witness the wonders of nature in all their glory.

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Our private tours typically range from $500 - $1000 per person/per night depending on chosen hotels and room categories, vehicles used, types of tours, flight cost, time of year and other factors. Make an inquiry for a customized trip quote.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in San Diego

Welcome to sunny San Diego! Upon arrival, you'll be greeted by your private guide and transferred to your cozy hotel. Spend the afternoon exploring the city's beautiful beaches, including La Jolla Cove and Coronado Beach. For dinner, head to the Gaslamp Quarter, where you'll find a variety of restaurants and bars.

Day 2: Surfing Lessons and Beach Time

Get ready for a day of sun, sand, and waves! After breakfast, meet your surf instructor and head to one of San Diego's famous surf beaches. Spend the morning learning how to surf, then enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach. In the afternoon, relax and soak up the California sun. For dinner, head to a local seafood restaurant to sample some of the region's freshest catch.

Day 3: Hiking and Wine Tasting in Temecula

Today, you'll head to Temecula Valley (a one-hour scenic ride), a beautiful wine region located just outside of San Diego. Start the day with a hike in the nearby hills, taking in stunning views of the valley below. After the hike, enjoy a wine tasting at one of Temecula's award-winning wineries. In the evening, head back to San Diego for dinner at a premium restaurant before returning to your hotel.

Day 4: Kayaking and Whale Watching in La Jolla

Get ready for a day of adventure on the water! After breakfast, head to La Jolla Cove for a kayaking excursion. Paddle through sea caves and along the coast, keeping an eye out for seals, sea lions, and dolphins. After the kayaking trip, join a whale-watching tour and spot gray whales, humpback whales, or even killer whales. For dinner, head to a local Mexican restaurant for some delicious tacos.

Day 5: Exploring Joshua Tree National Park

Today, you'll leave San Diego and head east to Joshua Tree National Park (a three-hour private drive). Spend the day exploring the park's unique rock formations and hiking trails. Don't miss the opportunity to stargaze at night - Joshua Tree is one of the best places in the country to see the stars. For dinner, head to a local BBQ joint for some delicious ribs. Return to your hotel for rest.

Day 6: Palm Springs and Coachella Valley

Today, you'll visit the desert oasis of Palm Springs on a two-hour private transfer. Start the day with a visit to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which takes you to the top of Mount San Jacinto for stunning views of the valley below. Then, head to the nearby Coachella Valley for a jeep tour of the desert and a visit to the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. For dinner, try one of Palm Springs' many trendy restaurants. Return to San Diego.

Day 7: Visiting Santa Barbara

Today, hop on a private three-hour drive to the picturesque town of Santa Barbara. Spend the day exploring the town's beautiful beaches, boutique shops, and historic architecture. Visit the Santa Barbara Mission, one of the most famous landmarks in California. For dinner, try some fresh seafood at a local restaurant. 

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast, your private guide will drive you to the San Diego international airport. As you board your flight, take one last look at the stunning scenery that California has to offer, knowing that you've experienced some of the best it has to offer. 


Things To Consider When Planning A Trip To California

When planning a trip to California, it's important to keep in mind the state's diverse terrain and weather conditions. Here are some tips to consider for outdoor adventures in California:


  • Research and plan your itinerary beforehand, including the weather conditions and terrain of each destination.
  • Dress in layers to prepare for temperature fluctuations and pack appropriate gear for the activities you plan to do.
  • Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and insect repellent.
  • Respect the environment and follow Leave No Trace principles.
  • Always check for any trail closures or warnings before heading out on a hike.
  • Take necessary precautions when encountering wildlife, such as keeping a safe distance and not feeding them.
  • Familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations of each park or outdoor area you visit.
  • Be mindful of fire danger and follow fire safety guidelines, especially during dry seasons.



What is the best time of year to go on this California adventure?

The best time to visit California is during the spring (March-May) or fall (September - November), when the weather is mild and there are fewer crowds.


What type of clothing should I pack for this trip?

It's important to pack comfortable, breathable clothing for outdoor activities such as hiking, as well as layers for changing temperatures throughout the day. Don't forget to bring sturdy shoes or hiking boots.


Do I need to have any prior experience with outdoor activities?

Most of the outdoor activities included in this itinerary are suitable for beginners, but some hiking trails may be more challenging than others. Your private guide can tailor the activities to your skill level and preferences.


Will I have free time during the trip to explore on my own?

Yes, there will be some free time during the trip to explore the sunny state on your own or take part in optional activities. 


Can I customize the itinerary based on my preferences?

Yes, the itinerary can be customized based on your preferences and interests. Contact the tour company to discuss your options and receive a customized trip quote.

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