7 days in California Itinerary

7 days in California Itinerary

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7 days in California Itinerary

Start: Honolulu, Oahu
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  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.
On the 2nd (Mon), stroll through Marshall’s Beach, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, and finally head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Keep things going the next day: play a few rounds at Lincoln Park, get curious at Exploratorium, then take a stroll through SoMa, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip builder .

Honolulu to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Honolulu to San Francisco is 2 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Honolulu in September: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 76°F and lows are around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can 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. On the 4th (Wed), stroll through Del Mar Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then enjoy the sand and surf at China Cove and Gibson Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Carmel online attractions planner .

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 your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

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, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and finally stroll through Tuolumne Meadows.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Yosemite National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 38°F in Yosemite National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Taft Point ©
Taft Point

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), get to know the fascinating history of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, see the interesting displays at The Grammy Museum, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then stroll through Will Rogers State Beach, and finally see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles journey planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, expect nights in Los Angeles to be much hotter, around 66°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 85°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
El Pueblo de Los Angeles ©
El Pueblo de Los Angeles

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