9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Ottawa

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 1st (Fri), examine the collection at Cable Car Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, then explore the world behind art at Legion of Honor, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and finally steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island.

To see reviews and more tourist information, read San Francisco travel route planner.

Ottawa, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Ottawa to San Francisco. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Ottawa in March: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 21°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Legion of Honor ©
Legion of Honor

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, then explore the activities along Monterey Bay, then get a taste of the local shopping with Gallery by the Sea Carmel, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Monterey trip maker site .

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In March in Monterey, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Nature Beaches

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Carmel
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe ©
Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe

2
nights
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.
On the 5th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, get a taste of the local shopping with artifacts gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, and finally kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

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You can drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Monterey in March, expect nights in San Simeon to be a bit cooler, around 5°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, then admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then get curious at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Contemporary Art.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles vacation planner .

Getting from San Simeon to Los Angeles by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Simeon in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive Museum
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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