7 days in California Itinerary

7 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Fly

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San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 6th (Sun), take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, then contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, and then take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street.

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New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from New York City in September since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, trek along Panorama Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park travel route builder website.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Expect cooler evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from San Francisco in September, with lows around 38°F. On the 10th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 2 nights

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
On the 11th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail, surround yourself with nature on Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, and then trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planning website.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 90°F by day to 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Tours

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.