11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: Montreal
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

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. Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip builder tool .

Montreal, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Montreal in August, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). You will leave for Santa Cruz on the 8th (Thu).

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Neighborhoods Transportation

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.
To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Santa Cruz route planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Santa Cruz in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. On the 8th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Beaches 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. To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip planner.

Drive from Santa Cruz to Carmel in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to take a 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.
For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Big Sur journey planner .

Big Sur is just a short distance from Carmel. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. You will leave for San Simeon on the 8th (Thu).

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Nature

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.
Hearst Castle has been added to your itinerary. On the 9th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read San Simeon trip website .

Getting from Big Sur to San Simeon by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Big Sur in August, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are much warmer, around 40°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery

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.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Luis Obispo trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to San Luis Obispo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from San Simeon in August, you will find days in San Luis Obispo are slightly colder (30°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Outdoors Beaches 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.
Plan trip to Santa Barbara with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

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. You'll set off for Los Angeles on the 10th (Sat).

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Parks 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): examine the collection at The Getty Center, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Craft & Folk Art Museum. Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, take a stroll through Montana Avenue, then wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, then browse the different shops at The Grove, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find out how to plan a trip to Los Angeles, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in August: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 34°C and lows are around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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.
Head to Gaslamp Quarter and Spanish Village Art Centerfor some retail therapy. Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and San Diego Bay Walk will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove and see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our San Diego online road trip planner .

Getting from Carmel to San Diego by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in August: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 30°C and lows are around 23°C. You will leave for Los Angeles on the 13th (Tue).

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Beaches 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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