7 days in California Itinerary

7 days in California Itinerary

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7 days in California Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly + Bus:  8​h 30​min
1
Santa Monica
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
Redwood National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  8​h 30​min
End: New York City

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Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica Beach and then shop like a local with Third Street Promenade.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica trip itinerary builder .

New York City to Santa Monica is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in December, with highs in Santa Monica at 65°F and lows at 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

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Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Redwood National Park. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Enderts Beach and then see the interesting displays at Trees of Mystery.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Redwood National Park trip itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Santa Monica to Redwood National Park. Traveling from Santa Monica in December, expect Redwood National Park to be little chillier, temps between 53°F and 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

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Trees of Mystery
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Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Enderts Beach ©
Enderts Beach
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve and Alcatraz Island. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Union Square and City Lights Booksellers & Publishers. There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, and take a stroll through The Embarcadero.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Redwood National Park to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. December in San Francisco sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

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Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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