11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Half Moon Bay
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
3
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Monterey
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
5
Big Sur
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Toronto

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, then stroll around Golden Gate Park, and then admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco online attractions planner .

Toronto, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, car, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Toronto in February; daily highs in San Francisco reach 19°C and lows reach 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Half Moon Bay.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
day
Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay ©
Half Moon Bay is a coastal city in San Mateo County, California, United States. On the 18th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Half Moon Bay State Beach, trek along Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail, then admire the landmark architecture of Filoli, and finally see the interesting displays at Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Half Moon Bay trip website .

You can drive from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Half Moon Bay can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Half Moon Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Filoli, Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia
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Half Moon Bay State Beach ©
Half Moon Bay State Beach
Filoli ©
Filoli
Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia ©

2
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
On the 19th (Wed), take a leisurely stroll along Santa Cruz Wharf, get in on the family fun at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and then cruise along West Cliff Drive.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Santa Cruz route planner .

You can drive from Half Moon Bay to Santa Cruz in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Half Moon Bay in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Santa Cruz, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Theme Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive
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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk ©
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Santa Cruz Wharf ©
Santa Cruz Wharf

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): kick back and relax at Point Lobos, then admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive, then examine the collection at Selfieville, and finally examine the collection at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe. On the next day, observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Monterey in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. On the 21st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Point Lobos
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

few
hours
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach.

Plan trip to Big Sur with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Monterey to Big Sur by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In February, daytime highs in Big Sur are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Big Sur

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

2
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.
Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disneyland Park, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Los Angeles online trip maker .

You can fly from Big Sur to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In February, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than Big Sur - with highs of 25°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
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Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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