11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + subway + bus:  4​h 30​min
3
Napa
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Bakersfield
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Santa Maria
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Avalon, Catalina Island
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  10​h
End: Toronto

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 18th (Wed), take in the pleasant sights at Ocean Avenue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Monterey trip itinerary planner.

Toronto, Canada to Monterey is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Toronto to Monterey. In October, Monterey is a bit warmer than Toronto - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

2
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): cruise along Tioga Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, hike along Panorama Trail, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip builder.

You can drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Monterey in October, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around -1°C, while days are little chillier, around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point

1
night
Napa

Napa ©
Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, do a tasting at V. Sattui, and then look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Napa itinerary planner.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Napa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, expect Napa to be a bit warmer, temps between 27°C and 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Robert Mondavi Winery, V. Sattui Winery
Highlights from your plan
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery
Oxbow Public Market ©
Oxbow Public Market

1
night
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip generator.

You can drive from Napa to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, subway, shuttle, and car. Traveling from Napa in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 4°C in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bakersfield.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Zumwalt Meadow Trail ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail

few
hours
Bakersfield

Bakersfield ©
Bakersfield is a city in California, United States, and the county seat of Kern County. To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bakersfield sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Bakersfield takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Bakersfield, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Bakersfield

Shopping
Highlights from your plan
California Fruit Depot ©
California Fruit Depot

1
night
Santa Maria

Santa Maria ©
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): do a tasting at Presqu'ile Winery.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Maria custom trip planner.

Drive from Bakersfield to Santa Maria in 2.5 hours. In October, Santa Maria is a bit cooler than Bakersfield - with highs of 27°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Avalon.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Presqu'ile Winery ©
Presqu'ile Winery

2
nights
Avalon, Catalina Island

Avalon ©
Avalon is the only incorporated city on Santa Catalina Island of the California Channel Islands, and the southernmost city in Los Angeles County. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): stop by Afishinados, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then head off the coast to Catalina Island Conservancy.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Avalon custom trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Santa Maria to Avalon with the Route module. Traveling from Santa Maria in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Avalon, with lows around 17°C. On the 28th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Avalon

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Catalina Island Conservancy ©
Catalina Island Conservancy
Afishinados Gallery ©
Afishinados Gallery

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