11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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11 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Philadelphia

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, don't miss a visit to Balmy Alley Murals, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and take a stroll through Union Square.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Francisco online vacation planner .

Philadelphia to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Philadelphia in December; daily highs in San Francisco reach 59°F and lows reach 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey sightseeing planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. January in Monterey sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Beaches Nature Parks

Side Trip

Point Lobos
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and finally admire the natural beauty at Hawthorne Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and then snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

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You can take a bus from Monterey to Big Sur in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Big Sur are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, then make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Big Sur to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Big Sur in January, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (70°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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 7th (Mon): stroll through Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, and then see the interesting displays at Mingei International Museum.

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Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. January in San Diego sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Sunset Cliffs Natural Park ©
Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

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