9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
1
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Toronto


2
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Santa Monica is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Toronto in May since evenings lows in Santa Monica dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Los Angeles
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

2
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
On the 11th (Fri), stroll through Children's Pool and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, tour the pleasant surroundings at Black's Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego attractions site .

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of tram and train. In May, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park
Black's Beach ©
Black's Beach

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. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel tour builder app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Carmel in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. In May, Carmel is a bit cooler than San Diego - with highs of 21°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Lincoln Park. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, take a stroll through SoMa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Twin Peaks, and get to know the fascinating history of The Embarcadero.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco vacation builder .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. May in San Francisco sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

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