7 days in California Itinerary

7 days in California Itinerary

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7 days in California Itinerary

Philadelphia
Fly:  7​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Monterey
— Few hours
Fly + bus:  2​h 15​min
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h
Philadelphia

4
days
San Francisco

San Francisco
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Appreciate the collections at Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum. Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and The Embarcadero. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, wander the streets of Twin Peaks, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Francisco journey maker tool .

Philadelphia to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Philadelphia to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, San Francisco is little chillier than Philadelphia - with highs of 72°F and lows of 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Museums
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Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

1
day
Monterey

Monterey ©
The City of Monterey in Monterey County is located on the southern edge of Monterey Bay, on Central California's Pacific coast in California. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve.

To see maps and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip planning website .

Drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July in Monterey, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Trails Wildlife

Side Trip

Point Lobos State Reserve
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve

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Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, then learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits & Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and finally see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Monica trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Monterey to Santa Monica takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Monterey in July since evenings lows in Santa Monica dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Museums Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Los Angeles
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Getty Center The Publications ©
Getty Center The Publications
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
La Brea Tar Pits & Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits & Museum

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