11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + shuttle:  14​h 15​min
1
Monterey
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
4
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

4
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Cannery Row and San Carlos Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to The Cheese Shop and Cannery Row Antique Mallfor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Monterey: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Partington Cove, & more). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos State Reserve, stop by Del Monte Shopping Center, and kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach.

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London, UK to Monterey is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 8 hours. In May in Monterey, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 8th (Tue), hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, then get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, and finally take a stroll through Union Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 10th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, then take a stroll through State Street, and then immerse yourself in nature at Carpinteria State Beach.

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Getting from San Francisco to Santa Barbara by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. May in Santa Barbara sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Carpinteria State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): stop by Bergamot Station, then wander the streets of Montana Avenue, and then examine the collection at The Getty Center. On your second day here, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, don't miss a visit to Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and then explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in Los Angeles. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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