9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  7 h 15 min
1
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 45 min
End: Toronto

1
night
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with El Paseo Shopping District, admire the masterpieces at Sunnylands Center & Gardens, and then examine the collection at Palm Springs Air Museum.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Palm Springs trip itinerary planner .

Toronto, Canada to Palm Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Toronto in February, things will get warmer in Palm Springs: highs are around 29°C and lows about 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

El Paseo Shopping District, Sunnylands Center & Gardens
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Palm Springs Art Museum ©
Palm Springs Art Museum
Sunnylands Center & Gardens ©
Sunnylands Center & Gardens
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum

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.
Do your shopping at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Montana Avenue. Appreciate the collections at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, explore the world behind art at The Museum of Contemporary Art, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and get engrossed in the history at Autry Museum of the American West.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Palm Springs, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Montana Avenue, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive Museum

1
night
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 25th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, and finally view the masterpieces at Amphora Gallery.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon travel planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Simeon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in February, things will get little chillier in San Simeon: highs are around 22°C and lows about 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Amphora Gallery
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

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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. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): stop by AiX, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Carmel trip app .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Carmel when traveling from San Simeon in February, with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

AiX, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 27th (Thu), take a stroll through Union Square, then see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip builder tool .

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Parks
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Union Square ©
Union Square
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

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