19 days in United States Itinerary

19 days in United States Itinerary

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19 days in United States Itinerary

London
Fly:  14​h
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Solvang
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 45​min
London

5
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Muir Woods National Monument and Rodeo Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Point Isabel. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: San Gregorio State Beach (in San Gregorio), Stinson Beach (in Stinson Beach) and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Limantour Beach, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Coit Tower.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco vacation trip planner.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Traveling from London in September, expect San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 27°C and 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Point Isabel, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Rodeo Beach, Point Reyes Seashore National Park
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Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay

3
days
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nevada Beach Campground and D.L. Bliss State Park. Get in touch with nature at Wine Tours & Tastings and Kayaking & Canoeing. Change things up with a short trip to Tahoe Meadows Whole Access Interpretive Trail in Incline Village (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Fallen Leaf Lake.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in October, expect nights in South Lake Tahoe to be cooler, around -1°C, while days are little chillier, around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Nevada Beach Campground, D.L. Bliss State Park, Fallen Leaf Lake, Tahoe Meadows Whole Access Interpretive Trail
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Fallen Leaf Lake ©
Fallen Leaf Lake
Nevada Beach Campground ©
Nevada Beach Campground
D.L. Bliss State Park ©
D.L. Bliss State Park

3
days
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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.
Visiting Lembert Dome and Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to May Lake Trailhead and Olmsted Point. Change things up with a short trip to Travertine Hot Spring in Bridgeport (about 1 hour away). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles and don't miss a visit to Valley View.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park itinerary planner.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Yosemite National Park are 21°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, Travertine Hot Spring
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Lembert Dome ©
Lembert Dome
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©
May Lake Trailhead ©
May Lake Trailhead

3
days
Monterey

Monterey ©
The City of Monterey in Monterey County is located on the southern edge of Monterey Bay, on Central California's Pacific coast in California. Discover out-of-the-way places like Point Lobos State Reserve and Lovers Point. Take a break from the city and head to Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and Pebble Beach Golf Links. There's much more to do: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, visit a coastal fixture at Point Pinos Lighthouse, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Monterey travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, Monterey is much hotter at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Point Lobos State Reserve, Pebble Beach Golf Links
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Lovers Point ©
Lovers Point

2
days
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Coast Gallery Big Sur, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Partington Cove, then admire the majestic nature at Limekiln State Park, and finally stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Andrew Molera State Park, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and then admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Big Sur travel planner.

You can drive from Monterey to Big Sur in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Solvang.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Limekiln State Park ©
Limekiln State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

1
day
Solvang

Solvang ©
Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. On the 13th (Fri), soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then learn about winemaking at Stolpman Vineyards - Los Olivos Tasting Room, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ostrich Land.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Solvang travel itinerary creator.

You can drive from Big Sur to Solvang in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Big Sur in October, you will find days in Solvang are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Solvang

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ostrich Land, Stolpman Vineyards - Los Olivos Tasting Room
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