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:  6​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Napa
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
3
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Monterey
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
5
Big Sur
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
6
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Santa Monica
— 1 day
Drive:  30​min
8
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Los Angeles
— 1 day
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia

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 Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals and Tours as well as Big Bus Tours.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Francisco road trip planning website .

Philadelphia to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Philadelphia to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in May, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (69°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). On the 5th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Golden Gate Park ©
Golden Gate Park

few
hours
Napa

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Napa trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Napa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Napa, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Napa

Tours
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings

1
night
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 Wharf as well as Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Big Basin Redwoods State Park, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Cruz Wharf, and then take a memorable drive along West Cliff Drive.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Napa to Santa Cruz takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Napa, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Santa Cruz, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Highlights from your plan
Big Basin Redwoods State Park ©
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Santa Cruz Wharf ©
Santa Cruz Wharf

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. 17-Mile Drive has been added to your itinerary.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Monterey itinerary app .

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Monterey in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Monterey are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Scenic Drive Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

1
day
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, Pfeiffer State Beach and Bixby Bridge. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, and then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Big Sur journey planning website .

You can take a bus from Monterey to Big Sur in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Big Sur sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

1
night
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 reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Big Sur to Santa Barbara in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. When traveling from Big Sur in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. On the 8th (Wed), you'll travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier and then make a trip to Third Street Promenade.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Santa Monica trip planner .

Drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Santa Monica, with lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
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 A Day in LA Tours as well as Disney California Adventure Park. On the 9th (Thu), get in on the family fun at Disney California Adventure Park and then make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): go sightseeing with A Day in LA Tours.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles road trip planning website .

Los Angeles is very close to Santa Monica. May in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Tours

Side Trip

Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Petco Park as well as Gaslamp Quarter. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): tour or see a game at Petco Park, stroll through San Diego Zoo, and then shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego travel route builder site .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter
Petco Park ©
Petco Park

1
day
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dodger Stadium as well as Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Dodger Stadium and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles road trip planning website .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Dodger Stadium
Dodger Stadium

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