11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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11 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  8​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Santa Cruz
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
3
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
4
Carmel
— Few hours
bus:  30​min
5
Big Sur
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
6
San Simeon
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
7
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
8
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
San Diego
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  5​h
End: Washington DC

2
nights
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 Fisherman's Wharf as well as Chinatown.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco tour planner.

Washington DC to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In July, San Francisco is a bit cooler than Washington DC - with highs of 73°F and lows of 57°F. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Mon) before leaving for Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Chinatown ©
Chinatown

few
hours
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Santa Cruz online journey planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Santa Cruz in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Santa Cruz sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk ©
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Princess Monterey Whale Watching. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): get up close to creatures of the deep with Princess Monterey Whale Watching.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Monterey driving holiday planner .

Getting from Santa Cruz to Monterey by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In July in Monterey, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 55°F at night. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Princess Monterey Whale Watching ©
Princess Monterey Whale Watching

few
hours
Carmel

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. On the 16th (Tue), admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel online attractions planner .

Carmel is just a short distance from Monterey. In July, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Tue) before leaving for Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

few
hours
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes McWay Falls as well as Bixby Bridge. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take in the views from Bixby Bridge and then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Big Sur planning website .

Big Sur is very close to Carmel. In July, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

few
hours
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Hearst Castle has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Simeon travel planning tool .

You can drive from Big Sur to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Big Sur in July, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are much hotter, around 94°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

1
night
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Santa Monica Pier has been added to your itinerary.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Santa Monica online day trip planner .

Drive from San Simeon to Santa Monica in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Traveling from San Simeon in July, expect nights in Santa Monica to be somewhat warmer, around 65°F, while days are slightly colder, around 76°F. On the 17th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Universal Studios Hollywood, Griffith Observatory and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame and then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles online itinerary planner .

Los Angeles is very close to Santa Monica. While traveling from Santa Monica, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 66°F. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Childrens Museums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Hollywood Walk of Fame ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Coronado Island as well as Mission Beach Park. Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's still lots to do: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo and let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego trip maker .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Coronado Island
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego

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