7 days in California Itinerary

7 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip itinerary planner
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Drive
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Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive
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Monterey
— 1 night
Taxi
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Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
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Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
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Santa Cruz — 1 night

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz itinerary planner.

San Francisco to Santa Cruz is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in March, expect little chillier with lows of 45°F in Santa Cruz. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.
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Monterey — 1 night

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. On the 14th (Sun), observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium and then stop by AiX. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: sample some tasty brews at Monterey Bay Food Tours and then explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Monterey online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Monterey takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Monterey sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carmel.
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Carmel — 1 night

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 16th (Tue): go for a walk through Lone Cypress.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Carmel sightseeing planning tool.

Carmel is just a stone's throw from Monterey. March in Carmel sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Big Sur.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Big Sur tour planner.

Drive from Carmel to Big Sur in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Big Sur are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.
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San Simeon — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, then don't miss a visit to Ragged Point Overlook, and finally take in the waterfront at San Simeon Pier.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Simeon day trip planner.

You can drive from Big Sur to San Simeon in 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Big Sur in March: highs in San Simeon hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Los Angeles.
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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 19th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Bhagavad-gita Diorama-Museum, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, make a trip to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from San Simeon in March, with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
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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.
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