4 days in California Itinerary

4 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip itinerary maker

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San Francisco
— 1 night
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Monterey
— 1 night
Fly
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Los Angeles
— 1 day
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Carmel
— 1 night
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San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, take some stellar pictures from Battery Spencer, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and finally go for a walk through Lombard Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Francisco journey builder tool.

Seattle to San Francisco is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in July, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are little chillier, around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trip

Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Monterey trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. July in Monterey sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 55°F at night. You'll set off for Los Angeles on the 1st (Sun).

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wineries

Los Angeles

— 1 day

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner.

You can fly from Monterey to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Monterey in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 84°F and lows about 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Carmel.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks
Highlights from your trip

Carmel

— 1 night
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. On the 2nd (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then stroll through Scenic Road Walkway.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel tour itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, things will get little chillier in Carmel: highs are around 70°F and lows about 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.