4 days in Los Angeles County, Monterey & San Francisco Itinerary

4 days in Los Angeles County, Monterey & San Francisco Itinerary

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4 days in Los Angeles County, Monterey & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Drive:  30​min
1
Santa Monica
— 1 day
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

1
day
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, and finally see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Santa Monica driving holiday planner.

Los Angeles to Santa Monica is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or ride a tram. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect nights in Santa Monica to be about the same, around 65°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Los Angeles
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find out how to plan a trip to Monterey, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Santa Monica to Monterey by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Santa Monica in July, things will get slightly colder in Monterey: highs are around 69°F and lows about 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Beaches

Side Trip

Point Lobos
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, then admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Exploratorium and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip builder .

Drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in July, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Childrens Museums Museums Historic Sites
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Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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