7 days in California Itinerary

7 days in California Itinerary

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7 days in California Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly + subway:  4​h
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Seattle

1
night
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 3rd (Sat): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island and then learn about all things military at USS Pampanito. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: engage your brain at Exploratorium, then examine the collection at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip maker tool .

Seattle to San Francisco is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and subway. You can also fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Seattle in November; daily highs in San Francisco reach 64°F and lows reach 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Childrens Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
SS Jeremiah O'Brien ©
SS Jeremiah O'Brien

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Point Lobos.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel day trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

#Outdoors, #Nature, #Beaches

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
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Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, then hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online trip maker .

Drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Carmel in November: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 54°F, while lows dip to 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point

2
nights
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.
On the 7th (Wed), learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach, and then stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, examine the collection at Travel Town, then look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles online vacation planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, with highs in Los Angeles at 76°F and lows at 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Museums, #Parks, #Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach

1
night
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.
On the 9th (Fri), examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Diego driving holiday planning tool .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In November, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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