7 days in California Itinerary

7 days in California Itinerary

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7 days in California Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Chicago

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some cultural insight at Union Square and Twin Peaks. For shopping fun, head to Ferry Building Marketplace or City Lights Booksellers. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and see the interesting displays at Exploratorium.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco route planning app .

Chicago to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Chicago in December: highs in San Francisco hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): hit the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planning site .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in January, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around 13°F, while days are little chillier, around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Taft Point ©
Taft Point

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): examine the collection at The Getty Center, then take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look and learn at Griffith Observatory and then stop by Liza Shtromberg Jewelry.

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Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, with highs in Los Angeles at 70°F and lows at 49°F. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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