7 days in California Itinerary

7 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
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Healdsburg
— 1 night
Fly
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Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, then browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and then shop like a local with Union Square. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco online travel 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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Francisco. Traveling from New York City in February, expect San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 62°F and 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Healdsburg

— 1 night
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
On the 25th (Thu), learn the secrets of beer at Ace It Bike Tours, do a tasting at Bella Vineyards and Wine Caves, then learn about winemaking at Sapphire Hill Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Stephen & Walker Winery.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Healdsburg online holiday maker.

Drive from San Francisco to Healdsburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in February, Healdsburg is a bit cooler at night with lows of 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries · Outdoors · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Santa Monica

— 2 nights

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): stop by Bergamot Station, then take in the exciting artwork at Annenberg Community Beach House, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Montana Avenue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Monica Farmers Market, then wander the streets of Rodeo Drive, then buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive, and finally visit Golden Triangle.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Santa Monica sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Healdsburg to Santa Monica takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Healdsburg in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Santa Monica, with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

San Diego

— 2 nights

America's Finest City

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 28th (Sun): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then walk around La Jolla Cove.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego tour planning site.

Getting from Santa Monica to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. February in San Diego sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

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.