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:  3​h 30​min
2
Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Santa Barbara
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Santa Maria
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
5
Avila Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Big Sur
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
San Francisco
— 1 night
End: San Francisco

1
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Santa Monica Pier as well as Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): get behind the scenes with Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood and then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary builder app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Los Angeles. July in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 66°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Wed) before leaving for Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood
Highlights from your plan
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood ©
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

2
nights
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
You've added Hidden Valley Nature Trail, Barker Dam Trail, Oasis Visitor Center, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 10th (Wed), admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Barker Dam Trail, don't miss a visit to Arch Rock, then explore the striking landscape at Skull Rock, and finally get answers to all your questions at Oasis Visitor Center.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Joshua Tree National Park journey planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in July, with highs in Joshua Tree National Park at 103°F and lows at 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Oasis Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Skull Rock ©
Skull Rock
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock

few
hours
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.
To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip website .

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Santa Barbara in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in July, plan for colder days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 75°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
night
Santa Maria

Santa Maria
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Santa Maria trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Maria in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Santa Maria are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Avila Beach.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Outdoors Tours Wineries

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night
Avila Beach

Avila Beach ©
Avila Beach is an unincorporated community in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States, located on San Luis Obispo Bay about 160 miles (257 km) northwest of Los Angeles, and about 200 miles south of San Francisco. You've now added Montana de Oro State Park to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Avila Main Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Montana de Oro State Park.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Avila Beach day trip planning site .

Avila Beach is just a stone's throw from Santa Maria. In July, daily temperatures in Avila Beach can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Avila Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Montana de Oro State Park
Highlights from your plan
Montana de Oro State Park ©
Montana de Oro State 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Point Lobos, Bixby Bridge, McWay Falls, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Big Sur trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Avila Beach to Big Sur by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Avila Beach in July, you will find days in Big Sur are slightly colder (69°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). On the 15th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Point Lobos, Mystery Spot
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls
Mystery Spot ©
Mystery Spot

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias as well as Yosemite Falls. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning site .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Big Sur to Yosemite National Park in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Big Sur in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 83°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 46°F. On the 17th (Wed), you'll travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, Golden Gate Fortune Cookies Co, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect nights in San Francisco to be a bit warmer, around 57°F, while days are little chillier, around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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