11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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11 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  9​h
1
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Big Sur
— 1 night
bus:  30​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h
End: New York City

5
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Universal Studios Hollywood. Appreciate the collections at The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disneyland Park in Anaheim, approximately 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

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New York City to Los Angeles is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Los Angeles is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in August, expect little chillier with lows of 66°F in Los Angeles. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Big Sur.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 9th (Fri), visit a coastal fixture at Point Sur State Historic Park. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach, and finally explore the galleries of Hawthorne Gallery.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Big Sur planning app .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Big Sur takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, things will get a bit cooler in Big Sur: highs are around 70°F and lows about 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Carmel.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Point Sur State Historic Park ©
Point Sur State Historic Park

1
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 9th (Fri): meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip planner .

Carmel is very close to Big Sur. In August in Carmel, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Nature Beaches
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, then stroll through Marshall’s Beach, and finally steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge. On your second day here, shop like a local with Exploratorium, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in San Francisco are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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