13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

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13 days in California Itinerary

Glasgow
Fly:  16​h
Santa Monica
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h 15​min
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
Glasgow

5
days
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Bay. Take a break from the city and head to Hermosa Beach Pier and Manhattan Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Monica: Los Angeles (El Pueblo de Los Angeles, Amoeba Music, & more). There's much more to do: hunt for treasures at Santa Monica Farmers Market, browse the different shops at The Grove, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica holiday planner.

Glasgow, UK to Santa Monica is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Glasgow to Santa Monica is minus 8 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Glasgow in September: high temperatures in Santa Monica hover around 30°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Hermosa Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Hermosa Beach Pier ©
Hermosa Beach Pier
Santa Monica Beach ©
Santa Monica Beach

2
days
Monterey

Monterey ©
The City of Monterey in Monterey County is located on the southern edge of Monterey Bay, on Central California's Pacific coast in California. On the 8th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then stop by The Cheese Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and then immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Monterey travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Santa Monica to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Santa Monica in September, with highs in Monterey at 24°C and lows at 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach ©

4
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at China Beach and Baker Beach. Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, and steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers & Publishers.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco travel itinerary creator.

Drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Shopping
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Union Square ©
Union Square
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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