9 days in Los Angeles, Monterey & San Francisco Itinerary

9 days in Los Angeles, Monterey & San Francisco Itinerary

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9 days in Los Angeles, Monterey & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

3
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Step out of the city life by going to Manhattan Beach and Huntington Dog Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Hollywood Bowl Museum and The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Seal Beach in Seal Beach, approximately 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Getty Center, get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles route planner.

If you are flying in from Hungary, the closest major airports are Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport, Ontario International Airport and San Bernardino International Airport. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Norton Simon Museum, Seal Beach, The Americana at Brand, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Manhattan Beach
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La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach
The Broad ©
The Broad

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nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, explore and take pictures at 17-Mile Drive, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Breakwater. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, then look for gifts at AiX, then don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Monterey online attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Monterey takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In August, Monterey is a bit cooler than Los Angeles - with highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, AiX
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Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Walt Disney Family Museum, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Twin Peaks. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, then get curious at Exploratorium, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Francisco sightseeing planner.

Getting from Monterey to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and train. August in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Walt Disney Family Museum ©
Walt Disney Family Museum
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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