11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip builder

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San Francisco
— 1 night
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Santa Cruz
— 1 night
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Carmel
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Big Sur
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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Malibu
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Laguna Beach
— 1 night
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Palm Springs
— 1 night
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Las Vegas
— 4 nights
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San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Alcatraz Island as well as Golden Gate Bridge. On the 21st (Sat), head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to San Francisco, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Santa Cruz

— 1 night
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. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): find something for the whole family at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz tour itinerary website.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Santa Cruz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Theme Parks
Highlights from your trip

Carmel

Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Carmel takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Carmel sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. On the 23rd (Mon), you're off to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wineries

Big Sur

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): get great views at Rocky Creek Bridge and then take in the views from Bixby Bridge.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Big Sur trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Big Sur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara

— 1 night

The American Riviera

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 see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara attractions site.

Drive from Big Sur to Santa Barbara in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Big Sur in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. You will leave for Malibu on the 24th (Tue).

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Tours

Malibu

Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Malibu trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Malibu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. August in Malibu sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 21°C at night. You will leave for Laguna Beach on the 24th (Tue).

Things to do in Malibu

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

Laguna Beach

— 1 night
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Laguna Beach visit planner.

Traveling by car from Malibu to Laguna Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, tram, and train; or take a bus. In August in Laguna Beach, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. You'll set off for Palm Springs on the 25th (Wed).

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wineries

Palm Springs

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): stroll through Coachella Valley Preserve.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Palm Springs tour itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Laguna Beach to Palm Springs in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Laguna Beach, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Palm Springs, ranging from highs of 49°C to lows of 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Las Vegas

— 4 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
When in Las Vegas, make a side trip to see Hoover Dam in Boulder City, approximately Boulder City away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio, take a stroll through The Strip, try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas trip website.

Getting from Palm Springs to Las Vegas by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Palm Springs in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 45°C by day to 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Shopping · Casinos · Fun & Games

Side Trip

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Nightlife
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.