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
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Big Sur
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
4
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  11​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Diego trip itinerary planner.

New York City to San Diego is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from New York City to San Diego, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from New York City, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online trip maker .

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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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 1st (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach, kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and finally stroll through Partington Cove.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Big Sur day trip planning website .

Getting from Los Angeles to Big Sur by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in August, with highs in Big Sur at 70°F and lows at 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Monterey.

Things to do in Big Sur

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

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 2nd (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Monterey trip builder .

You can take a bus from Big Sur to Monterey in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 4th (Wed), take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and finally head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at Exploratorium and then wander the streets of SoMa.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco road trip planner .

Getting from Monterey to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and train. September in San Francisco sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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night
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 6th (Fri): get great views at Tunnel View, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and finally don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tunnel View ©
Tunnel View
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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