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
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Pismo Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Vallejo
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
7
San Francisco
— 2 nights
End: San Francisco

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hours
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.
To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Los Angeles. In May, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Hollywood Walk of Fame ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Forever Cemetery ©
Hollywood Forever Cemetery

1
night
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): do a tasting at Margerum Wine Company and then take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, plan for little chillier nights in Santa Barbara, with lows around 52°F. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Margerum Wine Company ©
Margerum Wine Company
Stearns Wharf ©
Stearns Wharf
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

1
night
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): walk around Dinosaur Caves Park and then take a leisurely stroll along Pismo Pier.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Pismo Beach online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Pismo Beach in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Pismo Beach are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Dinosaur Caves Park ©
Dinosaur Caves Park

1
night
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 22nd (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Coast Gallery Big Sur and then admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Big Sur trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Pismo Beach to Big Sur takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. While traveling from Pismo Beach, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Big Sur, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 51°F. You will leave for Santa Cruz on the 23rd (Thu).

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

1
night
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
On the 23rd (Thu), find something for the whole family at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and then appreciate the history behind To Honor Surfing Monument.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Santa Cruz online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Big Sur to Santa Cruz in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In May in Santa Cruz, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 49°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Fri) before leaving for Vallejo.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Swanton Berry Farm
Highlights from your plan
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk ©
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Swanton Berry Farm ©
Swanton Berry Farm

3
nights
Vallejo

Vallejo is a waterfront port city in Solano County, California, located in the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. Venture out of the city with trips to Wine Tours & Tastings (in Sonoma) and Balloon Rides (in Napa). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 25th (Sat) at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Vallejo online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Vallejo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. In May in Vallejo, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Vallejo

Tours Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Wine Tours & Tastings, Balloon Rides
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Balloon Rides
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom ©
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace, walk around Golden Gate Park, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Vallejo to San Francisco in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. When traveling from Vallejo in May, plan for slightly colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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