13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

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Big Sur
— 1 night
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Carmel
— 1 night
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Monterey
— 1 night
Drive
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Half Moon Bay
— 1 night
Drive
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Napa
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
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Big Sur

— 1 night

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Big Sur holiday site.

Montreal, Canada to Big Sur is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Big Sur is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Montreal in August, expect Big Sur to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Carmel

— 1 night
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. On the 2nd (Mon), learn about winemaking at Joullian Vineyards & Winery, then stroll through Carmel River State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Big Sur to Carmel by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Beaches · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): stop by AiX, then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, then make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and finally stroll through Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Monterey trip itinerary planner.

Monterey is just a stone's throw from Carmel. September in Monterey sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Half Moon Bay.

Things to do in Monterey

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Half Moon Bay

— 1 night
Half Moon Bay is a coastal city in San Mateo County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pacifica State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Rockaway Beach, and then kick back and relax at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Half Moon Bay trip planner.

You can drive from Monterey to Half Moon Bay in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Monterey, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Half Moon Bay, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Napa.

Things to do in Half Moon Bay

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Napa

— 1 night

America's Wine Country

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum, learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, then learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Mumm Napa.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Napa online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Half Moon Bay to Napa in 2 hours. When traveling from Half Moon Bay in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Napa: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Shop till you drop at Union Square and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Let the collections at Exploratorium and de Young Museum capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island.

To find out how to plan a trip to San Francisco, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Napa to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Napa in September: highs in San Francisco hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, snap pictures at Pohono Bridge, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and don't miss a visit to Washburn Point.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary app.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Expect cooler evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from San Francisco in September, with lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

Napa Valley travel guide

4.3
Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · Castles
Thanks to a Mediterranean climate and idyllic location in Northern California, Napa Valley is one of the top wine producing regions in the world. This, coupled with the area's breathtaking scenery, abundance of quaint B&Bs, and exquisite local gastronomy, makes Napa Valley one of the country's most popular spots for peaceful weekends and romantic getaways. While wine tasting and vineyard tours are the traditional things to do, the region offers a variety of other attractions, including hot air balloon rides, spa treatments, and trips aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train.