10 days in United States Itinerary

10 days in United States Itinerary

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10 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Carmel
— Few hours
taxi:  15​min
4
Monterey
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

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night
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.
Universal Studios Hollywood has been added to your itinerary. On the 30th (Wed), find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles road trip planning app .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Los Angeles. In January, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. You will leave for San Jose on the 31st (Thu).

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks
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Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 31st (Thu), admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Big Sur online trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Los Angeles to Big Sur in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in January; daily highs in Big Sur reach 62°F and lows reach 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Carmel.

Things to do in Big Sur

Beaches Parks Nature
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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hours
Carmel

Carmel ©
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. Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmel Mission and then kick back and relax at Point Lobos.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Carmel day trip planning website .

Carmel is just a short distance from Big Sur. In February, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Nature
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Carmel Mission ©
Carmel Mission

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nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Spend the 4th (Mon) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, and learn about winemaking at Pierce Ranch Vineyards Tasting Room.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Monterey road trip app .

Monterey is just a stone's throw from Carmel. February in Monterey sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 45°F at night. On the 5th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
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Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): explore and take pictures at Mystery Spot, then take a memorable drive along West Cliff Drive, and then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Cruz Wharf.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose road trip tool .

You can drive from Monterey to San Jose in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February, daytime highs in San Jose are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. On the 8th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Scenic Drive Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Stanford University, Levi's Stadium
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West Cliff Drive ©
West Cliff Drive
Stanford University ©
Stanford University
Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph ©

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