19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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19 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and Asian Art Museum. Family-friendly places like China Beach and Baker Beach will thrill your kids. Dedicate the 16th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, look for gifts at City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, and hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco vacation builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to San Francisco. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in October, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Monterey trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. October in Monterey sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Beaches Nature

Side Trips

Carmel, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

7
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Getty Center The Publications and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Your inner history buff will appreciate Santa Monica Pier and La Brea Tar Pits & Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park), Santa Monica (Santa Monica Farmers Market & Bergamot Station) and Hermosa Beach Pier (in Hermosa Beach). Pack the 24th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and get to know the fascinating history of El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Monterey to Los Angeles takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in October: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 81°F and lows are around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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 Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA). Visit La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park for some beach relaxation. The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Black's Beach, and take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

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

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