7 days in California Itinerary

7 days in California Itinerary

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7 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
San Simeon
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Newark

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Discover out-of-the-way places like Castello di Amorosa and Muir Woods National Monument. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco itinerary builder website .

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In November, San Francisco is a bit warmer than Newark - with highs of 64°F and lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, Muir Woods National Monument, V. Sattui Winery
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

1
night
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 29th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, then make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in November, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around 19°F, while days are little chillier, around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center ©

1
day
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Simeon day trip tool .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 70°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife Parks Beaches
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Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

2
nights
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 1st (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos, and then snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Carmel online travel planner .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Simeon in November: highs in Carmel hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 47°F. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Bixby Bridge
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

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