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:  7​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Pismo Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia

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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.
On the 6th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner .

Philadelphia to Los Angeles is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Los Angeles. In May in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Hollywood Walk of Fame ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame

2
nights
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, then take in panoramic vistas at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, then make a trip to State Street Underpass, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, plan for little chillier nights in Santa Barbara, with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Carpinteria State Beach, Butterfly Beach
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Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Butterfly Beach ©
Butterfly Beach

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night
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Pismo Beach trip site .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Pismo Beach in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 10th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then learn about winemaking at Joullian Vineyards & Winery.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Monterey online road trip planner .

Drive from Pismo Beach to Monterey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. When traveling from Pismo Beach in May, plan for little chillier days in Monterey, with highs around 65°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Joullian Vineyards & Winery, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Joullian Vineyards & Winery ©
Joullian Vineyards & Winery

3
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.
Visiting Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, hike along Mariposa Grove, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, and cruise along Tioga Pass.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online travel route planner .

You can drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Monterey in May, Yosemite National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel 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 14th (Thu), step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read San Francisco day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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