7 days in California Itinerary

7 days in California Itinerary

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7 days in California Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  6 h 45 min
1
Los Angeles
— 1 day
Drive:  30 min
2
West Hollywood
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
3
Malibu
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
4
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Oceanside
— Few hours
Drive:  45 min
6
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Charlotte

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

Charlotte to Los Angeles is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Charlotte to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Charlotte in July, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 66°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 83°F. On the 21st (Sun), you'll travel to West Hollywood.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Tours
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West Hollywood

West Hollywood
West Hollywood, occasionally referred to locally as WeHo, is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the West Hollywood travel itinerary planner .

West Hollywood is just a short distance from Los Angeles. When traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for a bit cooler days in West Hollywood, with highs around 76°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 65°F. On the 21st (Sun), you'll travel to Malibu.

Things to do in West Hollywood

Parks Outdoors Tours
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night
Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Pepperdine University has been added to your itinerary. On the 22nd (Mon), explore and take pictures at Pepperdine University, kick back and relax at Malibu Lagoon State Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Zuma Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Malibu travel planner .

You can drive from West Hollywood to Malibu in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and bus; or take a bus. In July in Malibu, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Malibu

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
Malibu Lagoon State Beach ©
Malibu Lagoon State Beach
Pepperdine University ©
Pepperdine University

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nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): see the sky in a new way at Camera Obscura, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then make a trip to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign, then admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, and finally shop like a local with Third Street Promenade.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Santa Monica trip itinerary builder .

Santa Monica is just a short distance from Malibu. In July, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Oceanside.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Nature Beaches Outdoors
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Camera Obscura ©
Camera Obscura

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Oceanside

Oceanside is a coastal city located on California's South Coast. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): kick back and relax at Harbor Beach and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Oceanside trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Santa Monica to Oceanside by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Oceanside, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 64°F at night. On the 24th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Oceanside

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching

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nights
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 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around La Jolla Shores Park and then admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Oceanside to San Diego by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in July, and nighttime lows around 68°F. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

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