7 days in California Itinerary

7 days in California Itinerary

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7 days in California Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Mammoth Lakes
— Few hours
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia

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Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Mammoth Lakes journey planner.

Philadelphia to Mammoth Lakes is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Mammoth Lakes is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Philadelphia in July, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Mammoth Lakes: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Outdoors Shopping
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Footloose Sports in Mammoth Lakes ©
Footloose Sports in Mammoth Lakes

1
night
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, take in the exciting artwork at Ansel Adams Gallery, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then hike along Panorama Trail, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

Take a bus from Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite National Park in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

2
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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 23rd (Tue): browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and finally browse the different shops at Ghirardelli Square. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Union Square, engage your brain at Exploratorium, then steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, and finally snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Francisco vacation builder website .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you will find days in San Francisco are little chillier (73°F), and nights are a bit warmer (57°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): look for gifts at Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Carmel trip builder site .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. July in Carmel sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): look for gifts at Amoeba Music, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, then take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, then take a stroll through Montana Avenue, and finally browse the different shops at Third Street Promenade.

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Fly from Carmel to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Carmel in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 83°F and lows about 66°F. On the 27th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive
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Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Montana Avenue ©
Montana Avenue

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