18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

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Fly to San Francisco, Shuttle to Monterey
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Monterey
— 4 nights
Fly
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive
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Anaheim
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly

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Monterey

— 4 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Bring the kids along to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail. Canepa Motorsports Museum and Seymour Marine Discovery Center will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, examine the collection at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, go for a walk through The Pilgrim's Way Community Bookstore and Secret Garden, and view the masterpieces at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Monterey day trip planning website.

Montreal, Canada to Monterey is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Montreal in July, expect Monterey to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 15°C. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 5 nights

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Santa Monica State Beach and Carbon Beach. Get outdoors at Santa Monica Mountains and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Pack the 21st (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, have fun and explore at Travel Town, and take in breathtaking views at Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Monterey to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Monterey in July, things will get a bit warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 33°C and lows about 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Anaheim

— 3 nights

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Family-friendly places like Disneyland Park and Downtown Disney District will thrill your kids. Go for a jaunt from Anaheim to Newport Beach to see Newport Beach about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 27th (Sat) at Disney California Adventure Park. There's still lots to do: make an unforgettable trip to Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! and get engrossed in the history at Founder's Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Anaheim trip planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Anaheim in an hour. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Anaheim are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

San Diego

— 4 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.
Step out of the city life by going to La Jolla Cove and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Museum-lovers will appreciate USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Change things up with a short trip to Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine (about 48 minutes away). Spend the 1st (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. The adventure continues: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

Make your San Diego itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Anaheim to San Diego in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Anaheim in July, plan for a bit cooler days in San Diego, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.