9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Toronto

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then explore the striking landscape of Muir Woods National Monument, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, and finally wander the streets of Union Square.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco driving holiday planner.

Toronto, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in August, things will get little chillier in San Francisco: highs are around 26°C and lows about 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Get in touch with nature at Pfeiffer State Beach and Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and The Cheese Shop. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sur (Partington Cove & McWay Falls). There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, and cruise along Seventeen Mile Drive.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Monterey itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August in Monterey, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel, Asilomar State Beach
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Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): wander the streets of Montana Avenue and then examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications. On the next day, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, shop like a local with Abbot Kinney Boulevard, then browse the different shops at The Grove, and finally stop by Amoeba Music.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Los Angeles vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Monterey to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Monterey in August, things will get a bit warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Neighborhoods Beaches

Side Trip

Montana Avenue
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Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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