6 days in California Itinerary

6 days in California Itinerary

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Fly to San Francisco International Airport, Drive to Monterey
— 1 night
San Francisco
— 1 night
— 1 night
Olympic Valley
— 2 nights
Drive to Reno Tahoe International Airport, Fly to Washington


Monterey — 1 night

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, and then learn about winemaking at Wrath Tasting Room- Carmel.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Monterey trip builder site.

Washington to Monterey is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Washington in August, expect Monterey to be little chillier, temps between 70°F and 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to San Francisco.
Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive
Side Trips

San Francisco — 1 night

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Napa.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks

Napa — 1 night

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Napa trip tool.

You can drive from San Francisco to Napa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Napa, with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Olympic Valley.
Wineries · Tours
Highlights from your trip

Olympic Valley — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): play a few rounds at The Links at Squaw Creek, get outside with Matt Heron Fly Fishing, and then relax and rejuvenate at Spa at Squaw Creek.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Olympic Valley trip planner.

Traveling by car from Napa to Olympic Valley takes 3 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Napa in September, with highs in Olympic Valley at 72°F and lows at 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.
Outdoors · Golf · Wildlife · Tours

California travel guide

Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
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.

Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

Ski Areas · Zipline · State Parks
Lake of the Sky
Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe draws visitors from both states and beyond to its shores. With an average of 300 sunny days annually, it's no surprise that the lake is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. The blue-green waters beckon travelers for swimming, boating, windsurfing, or kayaking. The lake also has a number of walking trails for those who don't want to get wet. In the colder months, skiers take to the surrounding mountains. The south shore is the most developed side of the lake, with more things to do, while the west and north shores are generally more tranquil.