12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Monterey
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Cambria
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
4
Morro Bay
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Pismo Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Santa Monica
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h
7
New York City
— Few hours
End: New York City

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Union Square and SS Jeremiah O'Brien are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, don't miss a visit to Union Street, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

few
hours
Monterey

Monterey
Monterey is a city in the U.S. For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey online holiday planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. You'll set off for Big Sur on the 29th (Fri).

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
night
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hearst Castle. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach and then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Cambria trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Cambria takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Big Sur in November since evenings lows in Cambria dip to 5°C. On the 30th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Cambria

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Hearst Castle
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

few
hours
Morro Bay

Morro Bay
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Morro Bay trip itinerary builder website .

Morro Bay is very close to Cambria. Traveling from Cambria in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Morro Bay, with lows of 10°C. On the 30th (Sat), you'll travel to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Outdoors Wineries Parks

1
night
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Pismo Beach itinerary planner .

Pismo Beach is very close to Morro Bay. In November, daytime highs in Pismo Beach are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. On the 1st (Sun), you're off toSanta Monica.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Wineries Outdoors Tours

5
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Universal Studios Hollywood has been added to your itinerary. Do your shopping at Santa Monica Farmers Market and Rodeo Drive. Get a sense of the local culture at Montana Avenue and Santa Monica Pier. There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive, admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, make a trip to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ocean View Park.

Discover how to plan a Santa Monica trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Pismo Beach to Santa Monica in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Pismo Beach in December, Santa Monica is a bit warmer at night with lows of 11°C. You will leave for New York City on the 6th (Fri).

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Beverly Hills, Universal Studios Hollywood
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Montana Avenue ©
Montana Avenue

few
hours
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read New York City route website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Santa Monica to New York City in 10 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Santa Monica to New York City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Santa Monica in December, things will get a bit cooler in New York City: highs are around 10°C and lows about 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral

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