11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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11 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Santiago
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Big Sur
— Few hours
bus:  30​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Wawona
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Santiago

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood and then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planning app .

Santiago, Chile to Los Angeles is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Santiago to Los Angeles, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

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

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nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Santa Barbara trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, expect Santa Barbara to be little chillier, temps between 30°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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hours
Big Sur

Big Sur
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Big Sur road trip planning tool .

Drive from Santa Barbara to Big Sur in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. When traveling from Santa Barbara in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Big Sur: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. On the 15th (Sun), you're off toCarmel.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Nature

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night
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. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Fairy Tale Cottages of Hugh Comstock, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip planner.

Carmel is just a short distance from Big Sur. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Mon) before leaving for Wawona.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trip

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Carmelite Monastery ©
Carmelite Monastery

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Wawona

Wawona ©
Wawona is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Mariposa Grove, then take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Wawona road trip website .

You can drive from Carmel to Wawona in 4 hours. While traveling from Carmel, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Wawona, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Wawona

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take a memorable drive along West Cliff Drive, then do a tasting at Bargetto Winery, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz tour builder app .

You can drive from Wawona to Santa Cruz in 4 hours. Traveling from Wawona in September, expect nights in Santa Cruz to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Bargetto Winery
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Bargetto Winery ©
Bargetto Winery

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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 20th (Fri): admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island, then take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Francisco online travel planner .

Drive from Santa Cruz to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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