9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  19​h
1
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Tel Aviv

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Visiting Point Lobos and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. Visit Carmel River State Beach and Asilomar State Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Monterey: Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Bixby Bridge, & more).

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Monterey online attractions planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Monterey is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Monterey, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tel Aviv in October; daily highs in Monterey reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Simeon trip builder site .

Drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Monterey, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
For shopping fun, head to Union Square or Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner.

Getting from San Simeon to San Francisco by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from San Simeon in October, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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