7 days in California Itinerary

7 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California Trip Planner

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Fly
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San Francisco
— 1 day
Drive
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Monterey
— 1 night
Drive
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Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive
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San Luis Obispo
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive
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Ventura
— 1 night
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San Francisco

— 1 day

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): look for gifts at Boudin at the Wharf, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and then take a stroll through Union Square.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Francisco road trip planning app.

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Francisco. May in San Francisco sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 14th (Sat), kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and then get a taste of the local shopping with A Taste of Monterey-Wine Market & Bistro.

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You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in May, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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 15th (Sun): kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and then kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Big Sur trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Big Sur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Big Sur sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

San Luis Obispo

— 1 night
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock, then look for gifts at Alapay Cellars, and then look for gifts at Sextant Wines.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Luis Obispo trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Big Sur to San Luis Obispo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Big Sur in May, expect nights in San Luis Obispo to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

— 1 night

The American Riviera

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, then steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, then admire the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and finally look for gifts at Chocolate Maya.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ventura.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Ventura

— 1 night
Ventura, officially the City of San Buenaventura, is the county seat of Ventura County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Herzog Wine Cellars, examine the collection at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, then look for gifts at Ventura Harbor Village, and finally stop by VOM FASS Ventura.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ventura online itinerary planner.

Ventura is just a stone's throw from Santa Barbara. In May, daytime highs in Ventura are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ventura

Shopping · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

California travel guide

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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.