12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Bar Harbor
1
Bar Harbor
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
2
Acadia National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Napa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Big Sur
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
6
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Bar Harbor

Bar Harbor ©
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Shore Path, don't miss a visit to Land Bridge to Bar Island, then stroll through Ocean Path, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Compass Harbor Trail. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then explore the striking landscape at Schoodic Peninsula.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Bar Harbor travel planner.

If you are flying in from India, the closest major airport is Bangor International Airport. In October, daytime highs in Bar Harbor are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Acadia National Park.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Shore Path ©
Shore Path
Schoodic Peninsula ©
Schoodic Peninsula
Land Bridge to Bar Island
Land Bridge to Bar Island

2
nights
Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park ©
The first national park east of the Mississippi River, Acadia National Park draws visitors with its rugged landscape of ocean shoreline, low-slung granite mountains, dense woodlands, and pristine lakes.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): stroll through Gorham Mountain Trail, hike along Precipice Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Somes Sound. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the landscape on two wheels at Carriage Roads and then take in the awesome beauty at Cadillac Mountain.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Acadia National Park driving holiday planner.

Acadia National Park is just a short distance from Bar Harbor. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Acadia National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Somes Sound
Highlights from your plan
Cadillac Mountain ©
Cadillac Mountain
Precipice Trail ©
Precipice Trail
Carriage Roads ©
Carriage Roads

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco vacation builder site .

You can fly from Acadia National Park to San Francisco in 11 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Acadia National Park to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Acadia National Park in October: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Napa

Napa ©
Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Napa trip planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Napa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Napa when traveling from San Francisco in October, with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Napa

Tours Wineries

Side Trip

St. Helena
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Wine Tours & Tastings

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 10th (Thu), snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Big Sur travel planner .

Traveling by car from Napa to Big Sur takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, subway, and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Napa in October: highs in Big Sur hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Monterey.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 11th (Fri), meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge and then kick back and relax at Point Lobos.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Monterey online road trip planner .

You can take a bus from Big Sur to Monterey in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. October in Monterey sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Point Lobos
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

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