7 days in California Itinerary

7 days in California Itinerary

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Start: Honolulu, Oahu
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Bus:  4 h 45 min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Bus:  4 h 15 min
4
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Honolulu, Oahu

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
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, thentake 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, thenget curious at Exploratorium, thenvisit 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 Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
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 4th (Wed): kick back and relax at Del Mar Beach, kick back and relax at Point Lobos, thenenjoy the sand and surf at China Cove and Gibson Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Carmel road trip app.

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

2
nights
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.
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, thenexplore 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, thenidentify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, thenmake 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 bus takes about 15.5 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 take a bus to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

1
night
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.
On the 7th (Sat), contemplate the long history of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, examine the collection at GRAMMY Museum, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, thentour 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.

Take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 12 hours. 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

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
GRAMMY Museum ©
GRAMMY Museum

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