8 days in Santa Monica & Catalina Island Itinerary

8 days in Santa Monica & Catalina Island Itinerary

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8 days in Santa Monica & Catalina Island Itinerary

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

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes 26-Mile Bike Path as well as Ocean Avenue. For shopping fun, head to Third Street Promenade or Montana Avenue. Do some cultural sightseeing at Santa Monica Pier and Rodeo Drive. Step out of Santa Monica with an excursion to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley--about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Monica Farmers Market, stop by Fred Segal, and buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Santa Monica trip builder site .

Seattle to Santa Monica is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Seattle in September; daily highs in Santa Monica reach 79°F and lows reach 65°F. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Avalon.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Beverly Hills, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Fred Segal
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Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Rodeo Drive ©
Rodeo Drive

4
nights
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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Catalina Island Museum and Catalina Island Museum. Get outdoors at Kayaking & Canoeing and Hermit Gulch Trail Loop. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden, putt your heart out at Golf Gardens Miniature Golf, stop by Afishinados Gallery, and take in the waterfront at Green Pleasure Pier.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Avalon trip maker .

You can do a combination of tram and ferry from Santa Monica to Avalon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, tram, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Avalon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Trans-Catalina Trail
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Catalina Island Conservancy ©
Catalina Island Conservancy
Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden ©
Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden
Catalina Island Museum ©
Catalina Island Museum

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