10 days in United States Itinerary

10 days in United States Itinerary

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10 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
San Jose
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
2
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Morro Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
6
Long Beach
— 1 night
bus:  30​min
7
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Tampa

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San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Plan my day in San Jose using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Tampa to San Jose is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Tampa to San Jose is minus 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tampa in May; daily highs in San Jose reach 74°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
San Jose Betsuin Buddhist Church ©
San Jose Betsuin Buddhist Church
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral ©
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

2
nights
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 1st (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Point Lobos and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Lovers Point, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz tour itinerary site .

Drive from San Jose to Santa Cruz in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from San Jose in May, you will find days in Santa Cruz are little chillier (69°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Point Lobos, 17-Mile Drive
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

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night
Morro Bay

Morro Bay ©
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. On the 3rd (Mon), kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, trek along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, and then explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Morro Bay online route planner .

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Morro Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. While traveling from Santa Cruz, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Morro Bay, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

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.
On the 4th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, admire the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, then get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally wander the streets of State Street Underpass.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Santa Barbara online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Morro Bay to Santa Barbara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Morro Bay in June, expect nights in Santa Barbara to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are slightly colder, around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Museum of Art ©
Santa Barbara Museum of Art

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ocean Avenue, admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, make a trip to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and finally admire the striking features of Shotgun House.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica trip planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June in Santa Monica, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Long Beach.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Ocean Avenue ©
Ocean Avenue

1
night
Long Beach

Long Beach ©
Long Beach has long been overshadowed by its bigger and more famous neighbor known as the City of Angels.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel, then stroll through Bluff Park, and then make an unforgettable trip to Downtown Disney.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Long Beach holiday planner .

Drive from Santa Monica to Long Beach in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a tram; or take a bus. In June in Long Beach, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Long Beach

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel, Downtown Disney
Highlights from your plan
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney
Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel ©
Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, take an in-depth tour of La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, then make a trip to Hollyhock House, then look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and finally make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at The Getty Center and then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles online tour itinerary planner .

Los Angeles is very close to Long Beach. In June in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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