11 days in Los Angeles, Big Sur & San Francisco Itinerary

11 days in Los Angeles, Big Sur & San Francisco Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California Trip Planner

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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Big Sur
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Museum-lovers will appreciate La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Petersen Automotive Museum and Walt Disney Concert Hall. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and get engrossed in the history at Autry Museum of the American West.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner.

Montreal, Canada to Los Angeles is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Montreal to Los Angeles. When traveling from Montreal in April, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 15°C at night. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 27 — 30:

Big Sur

— 4 nights

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Get outdoors at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop and Asilomar State Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Pfeiffer State Beach and Piedras Blancas. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, view the masterpieces at Coast Gallery Big Sur, immerse yourself in nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, and hike along Partington Cove.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Big Sur road trip planning tool.

Getting from Los Angeles to Big Sur by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, expect Big Sur to be slightly colder, temps between 20°C and 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 4:

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cable Car Museum and Asian Art Museum. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through SoMa, see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, and take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco route planner.

Drive from Big Sur to San Francisco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in San Francisco are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
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