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:  7 h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  4 h 30 min
2
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Anaheim
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
San Diego
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  7 h 30 min
End: Washington DC

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like California Academy of Sciences and Cable Car Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Castello di Amorosa. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Kenwood (B. Wise Vineyards & VJB Cellars) and St. Helena (Trinchero Napa Valley & V. Sattui Winery). There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco holiday builder app.

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 changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in September, things will get a bit cooler in San Francisco: highs are around 76°F and lows about 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Kenwood, St. Helena, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
VJB Cellars ©
VJB Cellars
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take in the waterfront at Santa Barbara Harbor and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, then meet the residents at Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Salt Cave.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Santa Barbara online tour planner.

Fly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Anaheim.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

2
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
On the 8th (Tue), make an unforgettable trip to Downtown Disney and then discover the magic at Disneyland Park. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Mission San Juan Capistrano, then enjoy the sand and surf at Crystal Cove, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Newport Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Anaheim trip maker.

Getting from Santa Barbara to Anaheim by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in September, expect Anaheim to be somewhat warmer, temps between 88°F and 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Newport Beach, Crystal Cove, Mission San Juan Capistrano
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take a leisurely stroll along Oceanside Pier, then enjoy the sand and surf at South Carlsbad State Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Shores Park. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Coronado Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, then appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pacific Beach.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Diego trip planning site.

Drive from Anaheim to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Anaheim in September, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are little chillier, around 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Coronado Beach, South Carlsbad State Beach, Oceanside Pier
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach

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