7 days in California Itinerary

7 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner
Make it your trip
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 day
Fly
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive
5
Santa Monica
— 1 night
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 1 day

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): Head underground at Boyden Cavern.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner.

Chattanooga to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Chattanooga to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Chattanooga in July, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 98°F by day to 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to San Francisco.
Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

San Francisco — 2 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and then explore and take pictures at Ferry Building Marketplace. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco journey website.

You can fly from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Francisco in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, you will find days in San Francisco are cooler (73°F), and nights are little chillier (57°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Yosemite National Park — 2 nights

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 5th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then stroll through Nature Center at Happy Isles, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass and then stroll through Tuolumne Meadows.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park visit site.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 83°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Death Valley National Park — 1 night

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): hike along Gower Gulch Loop, take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, then take in the dramatic natural features at The Devil's Speedway, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park online road trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 101°F to lows of 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Santa Monica.
Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Santa Monica — 1 night

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 8th (Fri): take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier and then stop by Bergamot Station.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Santa Monica trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Santa Monica in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, train, and tram. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, you will find days in Santa Monica are much colder (76°F), and nights are slightly colder (65°F). On the 8th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Shopping · Historic Sites

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
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.