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. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Step out of the city life by going to Point Lobos and Asilomar State Beach. 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 (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Bixby Bridge, &more). There's more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

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Tel Aviv, Israel to Monterey is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 10 hours. Traveling from Tel Aviv in October, expect Monterey to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches

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 get your bearings at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon tour planner.

Getting from Monterey to San Simeon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Monterey in October, expect nights in San Simeon to be a bit cooler, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · 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 Filbert Street Stairs. The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, take a stroll through Union Square, and contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco online travel planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in October, you will find days in San Francisco are little chillier (26°C), and nights are a bit warmer (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

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.