13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California tour itinerary builder

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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
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Point Reyes National Seashore
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive
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San Diego
— 5 nights
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San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You've added Marin Headlands, University of California, Berkeley, Grace Cathedral, and other attractions to your itinerary.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read San Francisco road trip planning website.

Montreal, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Point Reyes National Seashore.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Point Reyes National Seashore

— 2 nights
You've now added Bolinas Beach to your itinerary.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Point Reyes National Seashore trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Point Reyes National Seashore takes 2 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Point Reyes National Seashore, with highs around 33°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Point Reyes National Seashore

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Carmel

— 3 nights
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. Escape the urban bustle at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Asilomar State Beach. You'll explore and learn at Coast Gallery Big Sur and National Steinbeck Center. Explore Carmel's surroundings by going to Capitola Beach (in Capitola), Limekiln State Park (in Big Sur) and Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (in Moss Landing). There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Ocean Avenue, tour the pleasant surroundings at China Cove and Gibson Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Garrapata State Park, and browse for treasures at Cannery Row Antique Mall.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Point Reyes National Seashore to Carmel by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. When traveling from Point Reyes National Seashore in October, plan for slightly colder days in Carmel, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sat) before leaving for Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 1 night

City of Angels

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 5th (Sat): see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, then stop by LA Farmers' Market, then don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at The Americana at Brand.

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Getting from Carmel to Los Angeles by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. In October, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than Carmel - with highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C. You'll set off for San Diego on the 6th (Sun).

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

San Diego

— 5 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Get some cultural insight at Point Loma and Old Town Temecula. Discover out-of-the-way places like Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: Moonlight State Beach (in Encinitas), Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine) and South Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Beach, pause for some photo ops at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, revel in the low prices at Las Americas Premium Outlets, and take a leisurely stroll along Seaport Village.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. October in San Diego sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.