7 days in California Itinerary

7 days in California Itinerary

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7 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 22nd (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Lincoln Park, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and finally wander the streets of Nob Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park, then make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Hotaling & Co., and finally take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to San Francisco. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in December, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

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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.
On the 24th (Tue), see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, look for all kinds of wild species at McGurk Meadow, and then don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park route maker tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 46°F to lows of 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
McGurk Meadow ©
McGurk Meadow
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

1
night
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.
On the 26th (Thu), admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall, then take a stroll through Angelino Heights Historic Area, then examine the collection at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

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Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, things will get much warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 69°F and lows about 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches Parks Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Walt Disney Concert Hall ©
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Angelino Heights Historic Area ©
Angelino Heights Historic Area

2
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and then look for all kinds of wild species at San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Diego travel planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

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