11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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Start: Montreal, Quebec
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Santa Cruz
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
3
Carmel
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
4
Big Sur
— Few hours
Drive:  4 h
5
San Simeon
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h
6
San Luis Obispo
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
7
Santa Barbara
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  10 h
End: Montreal, Quebec

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Napa Valley Wine Country Tours, Ghirardelli Square and Chinatown. Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, get great views at Twin Peaks, and don't miss a visit to Lombard Street.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Montreal, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 10- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Montreal to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Montreal in August, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. On the 8th (Thu), you'll travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Transportation Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Napa Valley Wine Country Tours
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

few
hours
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 8th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Shark Fin Cove.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz day trip planning app.

Getting from San Francisco to Santa Cruz by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Santa Cruz sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 16°C at night. On the 8th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Shark Fin Cove
Highlights from your plan
Shark Fin Cove ©
Shark Fin Cove

few
hours
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Carmel takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Carmel sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cannery Row
Highlights from your plan
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row

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.
To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Big Sur trip planning tool.

Traveling by bus from Carmel to Big Sur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. On the 8th (Thu), you'll travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors

1
day
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas, then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, then stop by Sebastian General Store, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip planner.

Drive from Big Sur to San Simeon in 2 hours. Traveling from Big Sur in August, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are warmer, around 40°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery
Sebastian General Store ©
Sebastian General Store

1
night
San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo ©
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): stop by Alapay Cellars.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for San Luis Obispo using our trip planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to San Luis Obispo in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Simeon in August: highs in San Luis Obispo hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Morro Bay, Alapay Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Morro Strand State Beach ©
Morro Strand State Beach
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa ©
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
Morro Bay State Park ©
Morro Bay State Park

few
hours
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.
Take the guesswork out of planning a Santa Barbara vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. On the 10th (Sat), you'll travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Tours

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.
On the 11th (Sun), see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally admire the masterpieces at Craft Contemporary. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, take a stroll through Montana Avenue, then wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, then shop like a local with The Grove, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles sightseeing planner.

Drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in August, expect Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

2
nights
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 13th (Tue): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then stroll through La Jolla Cove. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, then view the masterpieces at Spanish Village Art Center, then appreciate the extensive heritage of San Diego Bay Walk, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Diego itinerary planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter

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