9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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Los Angeles
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
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Carmel
— 1 night
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San Francisco
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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 12th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at The Getty Center, then wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and then wander the streets of Montana Avenue.

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Chicago to Los Angeles is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in October: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 82°F and lows are around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to San Simeon.

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Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Montana Avenue ©
Montana Avenue

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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 14th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Cambria Nursery and Florist, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas and then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal.

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Getting from Los Angeles to San Simeon by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, plan for little chillier nights in San Simeon, with lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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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 16th (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos and then stroll through Carmel River State Beach.

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You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in October, you will find days in Carmel are little chillier (70°F), and nights are a bit warmer (52°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do your shopping at Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Square. Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and Filbert Street Stairs. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Mumm Napa in Rutherford, about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

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Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in October, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa

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