9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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Fly to San Francisco, Shuttle to Monterey
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Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly

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Monterey

— 3 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Step out of the city life by going to Point Lobos and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Visit Carmel River State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monterey: Big Sur (Bixby Bridge & McWay Falls). The adventure continues: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach.

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

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 1 night
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): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and then stroll through Moonstone Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon day trip app.

Drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Monterey, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Golden Gate Bridge and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to San Francisco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in October, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.