11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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11 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Big Sur
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

3
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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Mission San Juan Capistrano and Petersen Automotive Museum. Visit Newport Beach and Main Beach for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Victoria Beach (in Laguna Beach) and Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum (in Yorba Linda). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles online driving holiday planner .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Los Angeles. In July, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Laguna Beach, Norton Simon Museum, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Santa Monica Pier, Mission San Juan Capistrano
Highlights from your plan
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

1
night
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.
On the 26th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, brush up on your military savvy at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, and then learn about winemaking at Margerum Wine Company.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip 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 July, expect Santa Barbara to be a bit cooler, temps between 75°F and 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Big Sur.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum ©
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Margerum Wine Company ©
Margerum Wine Company

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): snap pictures at Big Creek Bridge, admire the majestic nature at Limekiln State Park, and then stroll through Sand Dollar Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Andrew Molera State Park, then trek along Partington Cove, and then take in the history at Mission San Antonio de Padua.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Big Sur day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Big Sur takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Santa Barbara in July; daily highs in Big Sur reach 69°F and lows reach 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mission San Antonio de Padua, Sand Dollar Beach
Highlights from your plan
Limekiln State Park ©
Limekiln State Park
Mission San Antonio de Padua ©
Mission San Antonio de Padua
Sand Dollar Beach ©
Sand Dollar Beach

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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 29th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, then hike along Lands End, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Big Sur to San Francisco in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. July in San Francisco sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 57°F at night. On the 1st (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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