7 days in California Itinerary

7 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California holiday builder

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San Francisco
— 1 night
Big Sur
— 1 night
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Laguna Beach
— 3 nights
San Diego
— 1 day


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 18th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, browse the exhibits of USS Pampanito, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then go for a walk through Lombard Street, and finally shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from Coit Tower, then steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Francisco day trip planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to San Francisco. In July, daytime highs in San Francisco are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature
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Big Sur

— 1 night

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Big Sur road trip planning site.

You can drive from San Francisco to Big Sur in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Big Sur are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
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Los Angeles

— 1 night

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 21st (Thu), find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planner.

You can fly from Big Sur to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Big Sur in July, with highs in Los Angeles at 83°F and lows at 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks
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Laguna Beach

— 3 nights
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Main Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Crystal Cove, and then walk around Heisler Park.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Laguna Beach trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Los Angeles to Laguna Beach in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. July in Laguna Beach sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 67°F at night. On the 24th (Sun), you're off to San Diego.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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San Diego

— 1 day

America's Finest City

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.
On the 24th (Sun), see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, see the interesting displays at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, and then examine the collection at Mingei International Museum.

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Traveling by car from Laguna Beach to San Diego takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In July, daytime highs in San Diego are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

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California travel guide

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.