8 days in Avalon & Santa Monica Itinerary

8 days in Avalon & Santa Monica Itinerary

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8 days in Avalon & Santa Monica Itinerary

Start: Seattle
+3
Fly + bus + foot + ferry:  8​h 30​min
1
Avalon
— 1 night
+2
ferry + foot + tram:  5​h
2
Santa Monica
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Seattle

1
night
Avalon

Avalon ©
Avalon is the only incorporated city on Santa Catalina Island of the California Channel Islands, and the southernmost city in Los Angeles County. On the 28th (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden, see the interesting displays at Catalina Island Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Catalina Island Museum, and finally try your luck at Catalina Island Casino & Avalon Theater.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Avalon tour itinerary builder .

Seattle to Avalon is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Seattle in September, expect Avalon to be somewhat warmer, temps between 78°F and 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Avalon

Museums Fun & Games Casinos
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Catalina Island Museum ©
Catalina Island Museum
Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden ©
Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden

6
nights
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.
Santa Monica Pier and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Third Street Promenade and Montana Avenue. Explore Santa Monica's surroundings by going to Zuma Beach (in Malibu), Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara County Courthouse, State Street Underpass, & more) and Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, view the masterpieces at Annenberg Community Beach House, and go for a walk through 26-Mile Bike Path.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Santa Monica trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of ferry and tram from Avalon to Santa Monica in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, tram, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Santa Barbara, Malibu, Beverly Hills, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Manhattan Beach
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Rodeo Drive ©
Rodeo Drive
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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