10 days in United States Itinerary

10 days in United States Itinerary

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10 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
San Luis Obispo
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in March: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 65°F and lows are around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 1st (Mon), immerse yourself in nature at Limekiln State Park and then admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Partington Cove, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, and then enjoy the sea views from Point Sur State Historic Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Big Sur online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Big Sur by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In March, daytime highs in Big Sur are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Partington Cove ©
Partington Cove

3
nights
San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo ©
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. Popular historic sites such as Mission San Miguel Arcangel and Point San Luis Lighthouse are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Adelaida Vineyards & Winery and Halter Ranch Vineyard. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Luis Obispo: Jack Creek Celllars (in Templeton) and Paso Robles (J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines, J Dusi Winery, & more). The adventure continues: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Sweet Springs Nature Preserve, trek along Bluff Trail, and learn about winemaking at Niner Wine Estates.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Luis Obispo trip planner .

You can drive from Big Sur to San Luis Obispo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Big Sur in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Luis Obispo: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Wineries Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Paso Robles, Los Osos, Avila Beach, Mission San Miguel Arcangel, Jack Creek Celllars
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Halter Ranch Vineyard ©
Halter Ranch Vineyard
Bluff Trail
Bluff Trail
Mission San Miguel Arcangel ©
Mission San Miguel Arcangel

3
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.
On the 6th (Sat), take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier and then look for all kinds of wild species at Running Horse Ranch. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles day trip site .

Getting from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles by combination of bus and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from San Luis Obispo in April, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 56°F. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Running Horse Ranch, Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Running Horse Ranch ©
Running Horse Ranch

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