7 days in California Itinerary

7 days in California Itinerary

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7 days in California Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 1 night
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Diego itinerary maker site .

New York City to San Diego is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to San Diego is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in December, expect San Diego to be somewhat warmer, temps between 68°F and 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument
Mingei International Museum ©
Mingei International Museum

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 8th (Sat), get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and then admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. December in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): make a trip to Lombard Street, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and finally take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, then hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online attractions planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Francisco by combination of train and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and subway; or drive. When traveling from Los Angeles in December, plan for slightly colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 59°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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