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
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​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.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park, tee off at Lincoln Park, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip website .

Chicago to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. Traveling from Chicago to San Francisco, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in April: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 67°F and lows are around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

4
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.
Get outdoors at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park and Glacier Point. There's still lots to do: trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in April, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 28°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center ©

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