11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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11 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
2
San Clemente
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
San Simeon
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Big Sur
— Few hours
bus:  45​min
6
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
8
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Charlotte

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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.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Diego travel planner.

Charlotte to San Diego is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Charlotte to San Diego, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. September in San Diego sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to San Clemente.

Things to do in San Diego

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Coronado Island
Highlights from your plan
Coronado Island ©
Coronado Island

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nights
San Clemente

San Clemente ©
San Clemente is a city in Orange County, California, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Wiens Family Cellars - Winery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Clemente: Wavelength Brewing Company (in Vista), Temecula (Temecula Olive Oil Company & Europa Village) and LEGOLAND California (in Carlsbad). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Oceanside Pier and kick back and relax at Victoria Beach.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your San Clemente trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from San Diego to San Clemente by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Diego in September, expect San Clemente to be slightly colder, temps between 72°F and 60°F. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Clemente

Theme Parks Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Temecula, Oceanside Pier, LEGOLAND California, Victoria Beach, Wavelength Brewing Company
Highlights from your plan
LEGOLAND California ©
LEGOLAND California
Oceanside Pier ©
Oceanside Pier
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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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 see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip planner .

Drive from San Clemente to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from San Clemente in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ganna Walska Lotusland ©
Ganna Walska Lotusland

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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.
For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Simeon tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Santa Barbara, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 90°F to lows of 53°F. On the 24th (Tue), you're off toBig Sur.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Nature

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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 traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Big Sur trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from San Simeon to Big Sur in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Big Sur: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Monterey.
Highlights from your plan
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Monterey day trip website .

You can take a bus from Big Sur to Monterey in an hour. Another option is to drive. In September in Monterey, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, then take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park planning website .

Drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Monterey in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 38°F in Yosemite National Park. On the 28th (Sat), you're off toSan Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Lembert Dome ©
Lembert Dome

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the next day, steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 58°F. On the 30th (Mon), you're off tohome.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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