7 days in California Itinerary

7 days in California Itinerary

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7 days in California Itinerary

Start: Tucson
Shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Santa Barbara
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: Tucson

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Santa Barbara trip planner.

Tucson to Santa Barbara is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of shuttle and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Tucson to Santa Barbara is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Tucson in July, you will find days in Santa Barbara are much colder (75°F), and nights are slightly colder (60°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Historic Sites Shopping

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San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 12th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, then stop by Lucia Apothecary, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach.

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You can drive from Santa Barbara to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Santa Barbara in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 94°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Carmel trip planning tool .

Drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for colder days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

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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 15th (Sun): trek along Panorama Trail, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and finally don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park travel route planner .

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 83°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then take a stroll through Union Square.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read San Francisco tour app .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Union Square ©
Union Square

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