7 days in California Itinerary

7 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

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San Diego
— 2 nights
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Palm Springs
— 3 nights
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Carmel
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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Windansea Beach. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coronado Dog Beach, then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Mission Beach Boardwalk.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary builder site.

San Francisco to San Diego is an approximately 8.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. In November, San Diego is a bit warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 73°F and lows of 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Palm Springs

— 3 nights
Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Fountain of Life, then trek along Palm Canyon Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Murray Canyon Trail, and finally trek along Araby Trail.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Palm Springs itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Palm Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from San Diego in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Palm Springs: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

San Simeon

— 1 night
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): stroll through William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then look for gifts at Sebastian General Store.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your San Simeon trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Palm Springs to San Simeon in 6.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In November, San Simeon is little chillier than Palm Springs - with highs of 70°F and lows of 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Shopping

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 28th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Del Mar Beach and then stop by The Cheese Shop.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip planning app.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 65°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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.