7 days in California Itinerary

7 days in California Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive
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San Jose
— 1 night
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Los Angeles

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier and then make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles attractions planner.

Denver to Los Angeles is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Denver to Los Angeles, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Denver in April, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 56°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Francisco road trip website.

Fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, expect San Francisco to be little chillier, temps between 67°F and 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Big Sur

— 1 night

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in the views from Bixby Bridge, then enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then hike along Partington Cove, and finally kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Big Sur online day trip planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Big Sur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Big Sur are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

San Jose

— 1 night

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, stroll around Alum Rock Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Mission Peak Regional Preserve.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Jose visit planner.

You can drive from Big Sur to San Jose in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Big Sur in April: highs in San Jose hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

California travel guide

4.1
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.