9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Montreal

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Union Square and City Lights Booksellers. Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, wander the streets of Chinatown, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco road trip planning website .

Montreal, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. In June, daytime highs in San Francisco are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars, do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, and finally look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the St. Helena road trip app .

You can drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: highs in St. Helena hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, Oxbow Public Market
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Oxbow Public Market ©
Oxbow Public Market

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Point Lobos.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel day trip planning tool .

Drive from St. Helena to Carmel in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and flight. While traveling from St. Helena, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

3
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.
On the 5th (Fri), wander the streets of Montana Avenue, then take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally stop by Amoeba Music. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at The Getty Center, stroll through Will Rogers State Beach, then browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, and finally get to know the fascinating history of El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

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Traveling by flight from Carmel to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in July: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 33°C and lows are around 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Two Rodeo Drive, Montana Avenue
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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