7 days in California Itinerary

7 days in California Itinerary

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7 days in California Itinerary

Amsterdam
Fly:  13​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Carmel
— Few hours
taxi + Fly:  3​h
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 30​min
Amsterdam

2
days
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, and then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip builder.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to San Francisco is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to San Francisco is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in December, expect San Francisco to be a bit warmer, temps between 17°C and 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks
Fisherman's Wharf

few
hours
Carmel

Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel online itinerary creator.

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Carmel are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Trails Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and then take in breathtaking views at Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Carmel to San Diego in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Carmel in December; daily highs in San Diego reach 22°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve

2
days
Los Angeles

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 11th (Mon), take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, then learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits & Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles sightseeing planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in December, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
El Pueblo de Los Angeles
Getty Center The Publications
Santa Monica Pier

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