9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Rochester
Fly:  8 h
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Monterey
— Few hours
Drive:  4 h
4
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 30 min
5
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
6
Laguna Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 30 min
End: Rochester

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 Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street and Lands End. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): make a trip to Lombard Street, hike along Lands End, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco journey planner.

Rochester to San Francisco is an approximately 9- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. In May, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Trails Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Lands End ©
Lands End
Lombard Street ©
Lombard Street

2
nights
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.
On the 3rd (Sun), get great views at Washburn Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then trek along Panorama Trail, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yosemite Valley Chapel, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, take some stellar pictures from Valley View, then trek along Yosemite Valley Loop Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Cloud's Rest, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 34°F in Yosemite National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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hours
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Monterey travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 51°F in Monterey. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

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.
To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Big Sur trip planner.

You can take a bus from Monterey to Big Sur in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. On the 6th (Wed), you'll travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, then go for a walk through 26-Mile Bike Path, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Ocean Avenue.

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You can fly from Big Sur to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Big Sur in May, with highs in Los Angeles at 75°F and lows at 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach
Highlights from your plan
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach
26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

1
night
Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach ©
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take in the waterfront at Main Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Laguna Beach planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to Laguna Beach in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Laguna Beach can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Victoria Beach ©
Victoria Beach
Main Beach ©
Main Beach
Spas

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Diego trip planning tool.

Drive from Laguna Beach to San Diego in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in San Diego are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Encinitas, South Carlsbad State Beach, Coronado Beach
Highlights from your plan
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach
Pacific Beach ©
Pacific Beach

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