7 days in California Itinerary

7 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California travel route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly

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San Francisco

— 2 nights

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 2nd (Mon): stroll through Marshall’s Beach, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Alcatraz Island. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tee off at Lincoln Park, then get curious at Exploratorium, then visit SoMa, and finally take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner.

Honolulu to San Francisco is an approximately 8-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Honolulu to San Francisco. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Honolulu in September; daily highs in San Francisco reach 76°F and lows reach 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Carmel

— 1 night
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. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): kick back and relax at Del Mar Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then kick back and relax at China Cove and Gibson Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Carmel holiday maker app.

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

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 (Thu): explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and finally hike along Panorama Trail. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, then identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then make a trip to Olmsted Point, and finally stroll through Tuolumne Meadows.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online tour builder.

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Carmel in September since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

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.
On the 7th (Sat), contemplate the long history of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, examine the collection at GRAMMY Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Will Rogers State Beach, and finally examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles journey planner.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Museums

California travel guide

4.1
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.