7 days in California Itinerary

7 days in California Itinerary

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7 days in California Itinerary

New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h
Calistoga
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Mendocino
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
New York City

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San Diego

San Diego ©
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 8th (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Point Loma and then take in the waterfront at Seaport Village.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego vacation builder.

New York City to San Diego is an approximately 8-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City to San Diego, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in January, expect San Diego to be much hotter, temps between 67°F and 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

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Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Seaport Village ©
Seaport Village

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 9th (Tue), shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications, then stop by The Original Farmers Market, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary maker.

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 49°F. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Wed) before leaving for Calistoga.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Nightlife

Side Trip

Santa Monica
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The Grove ©
The Grove
Getty Center The Publications ©
Getty Center The Publications
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier

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Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Sharpsteen Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa, and then do a tasting at Williamson Wines Tasting Room.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Calistoga vacation trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Los Angeles to Calistoga takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, expect Calistoga to be slightly colder, temps between 58°F and 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mendocino.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Sonoma Coast State Beach, Patrick Amiot
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Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Williamson Wines Tasting Room ©
Williamson Wines Tasting Room
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery

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Mendocino

Mendocino
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. On the 12th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Big River, contemplate the long history of Ford House Visitor Center & Museum, then explore the world behind art at Mendocino Art Center, then grab your bike and head to Noyo Headlands Park, and finally examine the collection at Guest House Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Mendocino vacation trip planner.

Traveling by car from Calistoga to Mendocino takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In January in Mendocino, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 36°F at night. You will leave for San Francisco on the 13th (Sat).

Things to do in Mendocino

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Fort Bragg
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Big River
Big River
Ford House Visitor Center & Museum
Ford House Visitor Center & Museum
Mendocino Art Center
Mendocino Art Center

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day
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, then get curious at California Academy of Sciences, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Funston National Park.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco travel planner.

You can drive from Mendocino to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mendocino in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 45°F. On the 14th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Shopping Parks
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California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences
Union Square ©
Union Square
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

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