8 days in Monterey, San Francisco & Riverside Itinerary

8 days in Monterey, San Francisco & Riverside Itinerary

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Monterey
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly
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Riverside
— 1 day
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Monterey

— 3 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Monterey is known for zoos & aquariums, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, trek along Scenic Road Walkway, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Monterey trip planner.

Ontario to Monterey is an approximately 6-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Ontario in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, stroll around Golden Gate Park, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip builder site.

Drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Riverside.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums · Historic Sites

Riverside

— 1 day
Riverside is a city in Riverside County, California, United States, located in the Inland Empire metropolitan area. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Riverside National Cemetery and then admire the striking features of Mission Inn Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Riverside trip app.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Riverside takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Riverside: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Riverside

Historic Sites · Museums