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I’m so excited by the 10 days I’ve spent in California! A little short for a state with so many things to see and so many things to do, but I discovered as much as I could! I am the kind of person who is willing to wake up early and stay up late and maximize my time to see as many places as I can. So here is the break down of my itinerary for my 10 days in the Golden State. As you’ll see, it’s pretty much the classical path, but it’s a good start for a first-timer like me.
Day 1 – Montreal to San Francisco
Well… I need to get there first… I flew with US Airways.
My favorite search engine for flights is Skyscanner. You should always do a test and check the price on this site before buying from anywhere else.
Day 2 – San Francisco
I started with the most touristic path and walked near the Golden Gate, Lombard Street and the Seven Painted Ladies. We entended to visit San Francisco by foot as I think it’s the best way to feel the vibe of a town. We spent the days taking pictures of colorful houses in various neighborhoods.
San Francisco is filled up with rooms to rent on Airbnb. And you’ll save A LOT of money by renting an Airbnb instead of a hotel room, trust me! Sign up to Airbnb with this link and get a $25 credit towards your first stay!
Day 3 – San Francisco : Alcatraz and Fisherman’s Wharf
I really wanted to visit Alcatraz so I booked my ticket well in advance. And since we were at the port, we wandered around Pier 39, where we observed sea lions.
If you plan on visiting Alcatraz and other popular attractions in San Francisco, definitely take a look at CityPASS. It gives you access to the major attractions and, since it’s a bundle, you can save around 40%.
Curious about Alcatraz? Take a look: Photo Essay: Alcatraz Prison
Day 4 – Napa Valley and Berkeley
Let’s drink all the wine!!!! I thought wine tasting would be a very expensive activity, but it was finally kind of cheap, around 10$ for 3 wines. We spent the day in Napa Valley, and slept in Berkeley to get a little closer to our next stop.
In the Napa Valley, Airbnbs are as expensive as hotel rooms, so you might prefer to have the comfort of a room. Hotels.com has pretty great prices for hotels in Napa Valley, plus you get a free night every 10 nights. Good deal.
Day 5 – Yosemite National Park
Does this need explanation? For my boyfriend and I, a stop in this big national park was a must during our road trip in California. It’s a detour from the Pacific Highway though.
Everything didn’t go as planned: Why We Had a Terrible Day at Yosemite
Day 6 – Monterey
I heard that Monterey Aquarium was amazing! And I love fish. I like how peaceful aquariums are. It’s a good way to relax.
Near Monterey, we rented an old school bus transformed into a room. That was pretty cool! We found it on Airbnb.
Learn more about Monterey Aquarium: Monterey Aquarium: Please Don’t Flash the Octopus
Day 7 – Santa Barbara
When I hear this name, I just think of the soap opera my grandmother watched everyday. I need to reprogram my brain and create new associations. I discovered what this town is really about: beaches.
In Santa Barbara, it’s a room in an old container that we found on Airbnb. We really had fun with our type of accommodations during that trip! Ahah!
Take a look at my Beginner’s Guide to Airbnb.
Day 8 – Los Angeles
This town has a lot of haters, and I have no idea what to think. This was the last destination of our road trip, and I won’t pretend I discovered this huge city in only two days. On the program: Venice Beach and Hollywood.
I found the most beautiful hostel ever, take a look : Freehand Los Angeles, Los Angeles. If you can afford it, go for it.
My post about LA: Los Angeles is Disney World on Crack
Day 9 – Los Angeles
On that day, we walked the Hall of Fame and got lost.
Day 10 – Los Angeles to Montreal
Back home with American Airlines…. until next time.
Have you been to California? Where are your favorite places? Any questions about the itinerary? Ask your questions in comments below.
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