9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

London
Fly + taxi:  13​h 45​min
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
Carmel
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h
London

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk. On your second day here, immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Will Rogers State Beach, and then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Santa Monica online tour itinerary planner

London, UK to Santa Monica is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and tram. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from London in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Santa Monica: highs are around 21°C and lows about 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach Pier
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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
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 10th (Sun), kick back and relax at Children's Pool and then stroll through La Jolla Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, then enjoy the sand and surf at Black's Beach, and then kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary planning website

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 bus and train. December in San Diego sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

few
hours
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel vacation planning tool

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from San Diego to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Diego in December, expect Carmel to be slightly colder, temps between 18°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve

2
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 13th (Wed), snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then kick back and relax at Baker Beach, and then kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online road trip planner

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. December in San Francisco sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Baker Beach ©
Baker Beach
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

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