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:  2​h
3
Big Sur
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
6
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
San Diego
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  7​h 30​min
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 Alcatraz Island as well as Chinatown. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and finally take a stroll through Chinatown.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online trip 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. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in July; daily highs in San Francisco reach 73°F and lows reach 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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.
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has been added to your itinerary.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Santa Cruz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Santa Cruz are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. On the 15th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

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

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.
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park has been added to your itinerary.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Big Sur attractions website .

Getting from Santa Cruz to Big Sur by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. July in Big Sur sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

1
night
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.
To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon tour planner .

Traveling by car from Big Sur to San Simeon takes 4 hours. When traveling from Big Sur in July, plan for much hotter days in San Simeon, with highs around 94°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. On the 16th (Tue), you'll travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Nature

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach and then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Santa Monica tour planner .

Getting from San Simeon to Santa Monica by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. While traveling from San Simeon, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Santa Monica, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory. On your second day here, make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame and then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip builder app .

Los Angeles is just a stone's throw from Santa Monica. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santa Monica in July: highs in Los Angeles hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 66°F. On the 19th (Fri), you'll travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Childrens Museums Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
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.
Get in touch with nature at La Jolla Cove and San Diego Zoo. Do some cultural sightseeing at USS Midway Museum and Embarcadero. There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, admire the landmark architecture of Marston House Museum, get to know the fascinating history of San Diego Bay Walk, and pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of the Rosary Church.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read San Diego road trip website .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park ©

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