6 days in California Itinerary

6 days in California Itinerary

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6 days in California Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Santa Monica
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Fort Lauderdale

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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego road trip app .

Fort Lauderdale to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, tram, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Fort Lauderdale in September: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 79°F and lows are around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

1
night
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.
On the 6th (Thu), look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland, stop by Amoeba Music, then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Santa Monica takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and tram; or do a combination of flight and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Santa Monica can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Monica

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Los Angeles
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Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Amoeba Music ©
Amoeba Music

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): kick back and relax at Breakwater, then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

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

Do a combination of bus and flight from Santa Monica to Monterey in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Santa Monica in September, expect Monterey to be a bit cooler, temps between 72°F and 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Point Lobos, Asilomar State Beach
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Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Breakwater ©
Breakwater

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 8th (Sat), browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace, then enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach, and finally step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. On the next day, stroll through Marshall’s Beach, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and finally take a stroll through Union Square.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip app .

Getting from Monterey to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in San Francisco are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Neighborhoods, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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