10 days in United States Itinerary

10 days in United States Itinerary

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10 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  7​h
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Santa Cruz
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
3
Monterey
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
4
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Santa Monica
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
7
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
San Diego
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  7​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fisherman's Wharf as well as Chinatown. On the 7th (Sat), take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then wander the streets of Chinatown.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner .

Washington DC to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. In April in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 51°F at night. You will leave for Santa Cruz on the 8th (Sun).

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Chinatown ©
Chinatown

few
hours
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.
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has been added to your itinerary.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Santa Cruz trip simple and quick.

You can drive from San Francisco to Santa Cruz in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in April since evenings lows in Santa Cruz dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk ©
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

few
hours
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach as well as Seventeen Mile Drive. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Seventeen Mile Drive and then kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Monterey trip planner .

Drive from Santa Cruz to Monterey in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Monterey, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Carmel River State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes McWay Falls, Point Sur State Historic Park and Bixby Bridge.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Big Sur day trip planning website .

You can drive from Monterey to Big Sur in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls
Point Sur State Historic Park ©
Point Sur State Historic Park
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
You've now added Friends of Hearst Castle to your itinerary.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip planner .

Traveling by car from Big Sur to San Simeon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Big Sur in April, plan for little chillier days in San Simeon, with highs around 55°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. You will leave for Santa Monica on the 10th (Tue).

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

few
hours
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.
For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica journey website .

Getting from San Simeon to Santa Monica by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi, train, and tram. In April, Santa Monica is somewhat warmer than San Simeon - with highs of 69°F and lows of 55°F. On the 10th (Tue), you'll travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors Parks Tours

2
nights
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.
You've added Santa Monica Pier, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Griffith Observatory, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier and then don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles holiday planner .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than San Simeon - with highs of 75°F and lows of 56°F. You'll set off for Anaheim on the 12th (Thu).

Things to do in Los Angeles

Tours Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood
Highlights from your plan
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood ©
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

3
nights
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Mission Beach Park as well as Coronado Island. Attractions like San Diego Zoo and San Diego Air & Space Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Pack the 15th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. Next up on the itinerary: let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego trip itinerary website .

Getting from Anaheim to San Diego by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Anaheim in April: highs in San Diego hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Coronado Island
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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