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:  8​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. Head to Third Street Promenade and Montana Avenuefor some retail therapy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Santa Monica Pier and Rodeo Drive. Go for a jaunt from Santa Monica to Simi Valley to see Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, stop by Fred Segal, buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Monica Farmers Market.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to 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. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Seattle in September, with highs in Santa Monica at 79°F and lows at 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Avalon.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Beverly Hills, Fred Segal, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
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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. Get a sense of the local culture at Catalina Island Museum and Catalina Island Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Kayaking & Canoeing and Nature Center at Avalon Canyon. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden, take a leisurely stroll along Green Pleasure Pier, get interesting insight from Tours, and try to win big at Catalina Island Casino & Avalon Theater.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Avalon trip builder site .

You can do a combination of tram and ferry from Santa Monica to Avalon in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, tram, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Avalon are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Avalon

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden ©
Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden
Catalina Island Conservancy ©
Catalina Island Conservancy

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