9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
2
Monterey
— 1 night
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights

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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): examine the collection at Cable Car Museum. On your second day here, examine the collection at de Young Museum, admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and finally step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner.

Ottawa, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and subway. The time zone difference when traveling from Ottawa to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Ottawa in March, with highs in San Francisco at 21°C and lows at 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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de Young Museum ©
de Young Museum
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, then explore the activities along Monterey Bay, then view the masterpieces at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, and finally kick back and relax at Point Lobos.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Monterey online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in March, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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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.
On the 5th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel, then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then take in the exciting artwork at Artifacts Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, and finally kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon trip planner.

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. While traveling from Monterey, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, and then see the sky in a new way 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 explore the world behind art 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 find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles day trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from San Simeon in March, Los Angeles is a bit warmer at night with lows of 14°C. Finish up 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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