7 days in California Itinerary

7 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

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Fresno
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
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Fresno

— 1 night
The only metropolitan hub nestled between three national parks, Fresno makes a surprisingly lively getaway.
On the 19th (Mon), stroll around Woodward Regional Park and then make a trip to Old Town Clovis.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Fresno trip planner.

Miami to Fresno is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Miami to Fresno. Traveling from Miami in April, things will get a bit cooler in Fresno: highs are around 78°F and lows about 52°F. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Fresno

Fun & Games · Parks · Casinos

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 1 night
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.
To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park attractions planner.

Getting from Fresno to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 3 hours. When traveling from Fresno in April, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 28°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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 22nd (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Andrew Molera State Park, take a memorable drive along Old Coast Road, then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, and finally stroll through Partington Cove.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Big Sur road trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Big Sur in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Big Sur, with lows of 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Big Sur

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive

Santa Barbara

— 3 nights

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 23rd (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Carpinteria State Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Carpinteria Harbor Seal Preserve and Rookery, then kick back and relax at Butterfly Beach, and finally stroll around Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Douglas Family Preserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Cabrillo Bike Path.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara itinerary planner.

You can drive from Big Sur to Santa Barbara in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Big Sur in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. On the 25th (Sun), you're off to home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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.