16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
3
Laguna Beach
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
4
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Montreal

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach. Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, get curious at Exploratorium, and contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Francisco road trip planner.

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. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Montreal in August: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Hollywood Walk of Fame will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Santa Monica to see Santa Monica Mountains about 1h 10 min away. Pack the 8th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, and don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in September, with highs in Los Angeles at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

2
nights
Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. On the 9th (Mon), kick back and relax at Newport Beach, see the interesting displays at Mission San Juan Capistrano, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Laguna Beach sightseeing planning site .

Getting from Los Angeles to Laguna Beach by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Outdoors Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Newport Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at USS Midway Museum and Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. Popular historic sites such as Marston House Museum and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park are in your itinerary. Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine, about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, appreciate the extensive heritage of San Diego Bay Walk, admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego route site .

Drive from Laguna Beach to San Diego in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears

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