11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Mission Beach Park and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Diego online day trip planner .

New York City to San Diego is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to San Diego is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Getty Center and Hammer Museum. Head to Montana Avenue and Abbot Kinney Boulevardfor plenty of shopping. There's much more to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, explore the world behind art at Craft & Folk Art Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove.

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You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Montana Avenue
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

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): stroll through Point Lobos, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Monterey trip site .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Monterey takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in May; daily highs in Monterey reach 65°F and lows reach 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Nature Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Point Lobos
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers will appeal to history buffs. Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, wander the streets of SoMa, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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