7 days in California Itinerary

7 days in California Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Monterey
— 1 night
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Malibu
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 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 12th (Mon): take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. October in San Francisco sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Yosemite National Park

— 1 night
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.
On the 14th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and finally get great views at Washburn Point.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): do sightseeing your way with Monterey Bay Kayaks, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Monterey trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 5 hours. Expect much hotter evenings in Monterey when traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, with lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Nature

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 1 night
When you arriveĀ in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 16th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, take some stellar pictures from Ragged Point Overlook, then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Simeon trip app.

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Simeon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Monterey in October, you will find days in San Simeon are somewhat warmer (83°F), and nights are a bit cooler (46°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Malibu.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Beaches

Malibu

— 1 night
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. On the 17th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Nicholas Canyon Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Surfrider Beach, then examine the collection at The Getty Villa, and finally kick back and relax at Carbon Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Malibu trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Malibu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from San Simeon in October, plan for slightly colder days in Malibu, with highs around 77°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Malibu

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Los Angeles

— 1 night

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 18th (Sun): look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Malibu to Los Angeles takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and tram. In October, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Childrens Museums · Museums
Highlights from your 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.