10 days in Los Angeles, Monterey & San Francisco Itinerary

10 days in Los Angeles, Monterey & San Francisco Itinerary

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10 days in Los Angeles, Monterey & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

3
nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Disneyland Park and Travel Town Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim (about 40 minutes away). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Bronson Caves and get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary builder site .

Washington DC to Los Angeles is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Washington DC to Los Angeles, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in December, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 68°F and 49°F. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Monterey.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Anaheim
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Travel Town ©
Travel Town

1
night
Monterey

Monterey
Monterey is a city in the U.S. To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Monterey road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Monterey in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. In December, Monterey is slightly colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 61°F and lows of 42°F. On the 27th (Wed), you're off toSan Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Tours

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will enjoy Exploratorium and Wine Tours & Tastings. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, make a trip to Lombard Street, and get curious at California Academy of Sciences.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco tour planning tool .

Getting from Monterey to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Tours

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
On the 30th (Sat), discover the magic at Downtown Disney. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 68°F. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Downtown Disney, Santa Monica Pier
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Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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