7 days in California Itinerary

7 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive
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Cambria
— 1 night
Drive
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Monterey
— 1 night
Drive
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Sonoma
— 1 night
Drive
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Guerneville
— 1 night
Drive
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Redwood National Park
— 1 day
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Drive to California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport, Fly to Los Angeles International Airport, Drive to Pasadena

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Santa Barbara

— 1 night

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 22nd (Mon), admire the striking features of Santa Barbara County Courthouse and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, then enjoy some diversion at The Santa Barbara Art Foundry, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara online trip itinerary builder.

San Diego to Santa Barbara is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in March, expect slightly colder with lows of 48°F in Santa Barbara. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

Cambria

— 1 night
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cambria road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Cambria takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in March, Cambria is little chillier at night with lows of 41°F. On the 24th (Wed), you're off to Monterey.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Nature

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. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

Make your Monterey itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Cambria to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. While traveling from Cambria, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sonoma.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Sonoma

— 1 night
Set in the heart of one of the United States' most esteemed wine-producing regions, just 45 minutes from San Francisco, Sonoma boasts colonial Mexican architecture, including a mission.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sonoma trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Monterey to Sonoma by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Sonoma when traveling from Monterey in March, with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Guerneville.

Things to do in Sonoma

Wineries · Tours
Highlights from your trip

Guerneville

— 1 night
Guerneville is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, California, United States. On the 27th (Sat), admire the majestic nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, then learn about winemaking at Korbel Champagne Cellars, then learn the secrets of beer at Ace It Bike Tours, and finally do a tasting at Stephen & Walker Winery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Guerneville holiday builder app.

Getting from Sonoma to Guerneville by car takes about 1.5 hours. In March in Guerneville, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Guerneville

Wineries · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Redwood National Park

— 1 day
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Redwood National Park tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Guerneville to Redwood National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Guerneville in March, plan for little chillier days in Redwood National Park, with highs around 57°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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.

Sonoma County travel guide

4.8
Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · State Parks
Less than an hour from San Francisco, Sonoma County bills itself as the "Number 1 Wine Destination in the U.S." for good reason. Though not as famous as the neighboring Napa Valley, Sonoma County features a rolling landscape dotted with over 250 wineries. The county ranks among the country's most agriculturally productive regions. It turns out not only some of America's finest grapes, but also hops, prunes, and apples. The county manages to cling to its leisurely way of life--which is how the local nickname "Slow-noma" got started (despite the fact that the valley attracts nearly 8 million tourists annually)--and is really more about simple enjoyment than a jam-packed sightseeing itinerary. Napa may be better known, but as the crowds of visitors continue to clog the roads there, Sonoma's appeal as a vacation destination only grows.