5 days in California Itinerary

5 days in California Itinerary

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5 days in California Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
2
Beverly Hills
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Malibu
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
4
Santa Monica
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
6
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Toronto

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): stop by Grand Central Market, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and then don't miss a visit to Hollywood Sign.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary builder website .

Toronto, Canada to Los Angeles is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. In September, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than Toronto - with highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Beverly Hills.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Historic Sites
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Grand Central Market ©
Grand Central Market
Hollywood Walk of Fame ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Sign ©
Hollywood Sign

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Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills ©
Beverly Hills is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States, surrounded by the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Comedy Store. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): make a trip to Sunset Plaza, get some laughs in at Comedy Store, and then wander the streets of Rodeo Drive.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Beverly Hills online driving holiday planner .

Beverly Hills is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, expect nights in Beverly Hills to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are little chillier, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Malibu.

Things to do in Beverly Hills

Fun & Games Nightlife Neighborhoods

Side Trip

West Hollywood
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Comedy Store ©
Comedy Store
Rodeo Drive ©
Rodeo Drive

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Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. On the 8th (Sun), take a leisurely stroll along Malibu Pier, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Zuma Beach, and then stroll through El Matador State Beach.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Malibu travel planning website .

Getting from Beverly Hills to Malibu by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Malibu can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
El Matador State Beach ©
El Matador State Beach
Malibu Pier ©
Malibu Pier

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Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
You've now added Santa Monica Pier to your itinerary. On the 8th (Sun), take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier and then shop like a local with Third Street Promenade.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica trip maker .

You can drive from Malibu to Santa Monica in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. September in Santa Monica sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping Historic Sites
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Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Joshua Tree National Park day trip planning site .

You can drive from Santa Monica to Joshua Tree National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Santa Monica in September, you will find days in Joshua Tree National Park are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to San Diego.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Nature Parks
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Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Keys View ©
Keys View

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San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Embarcadero, Balboa Park, Gaslamp Quarter, and other attractions. On the 9th (Mon), make a trip to Old Town San Diego and then shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read San Diego trip planner.

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to San Diego in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in September: highs in San Diego hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter

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