5 days in California Itinerary

5 days in California Itinerary

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5 days in California Itinerary

Columbia
Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 30​min
Columbia

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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.
On the 16th (Wed), immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica Beach.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Santa Monica tour itinerary maker app .

Columbia to Santa Monica is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Columbia in May, expect nights in Santa Monica to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are little chillier, around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

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Los Angeles
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Beach ©
Santa Monica Beach
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Diego travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Santa Monica to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of tram and train. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in May, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 19th (Sat), take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alcatraz Island.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner .

You can fly from San Diego to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in San Francisco, with lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Cable Cars ©
Cable Cars

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