12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Pebble Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Pismo Beach
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Philadelphia

3
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 The Embarcadero. Escape the urban bustle at China Beach and Twin Peaks. There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, wander the streets of SoMa, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

Philadelphia to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. In September, San Francisco is little chillier than Philadelphia - with highs of 74°F and lows of 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Pebble Beach.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

1
night
Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach ©
Pebble Beach is an unincorporated community on the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey County, California. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos State Reserve.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Pebble Beach trip planning site .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Pebble Beach takes 2.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Francisco in September: highs in Pebble Beach hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Pebble Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery and then explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Simeon sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Pebble Beach to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Pebble Beach in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 61°F by day to 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

few
hours
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Grove.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Pismo Beach trip planner.

Drive from San Simeon to Pismo Beach in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from San Simeon in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Pismo Beach: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 54°F at night. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Step out of the city life by going to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Next up on the itinerary: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, steep yourself in history at Avila Adobe, and see the interesting displays at The Grammy Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Pismo Beach to Los Angeles takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Pismo Beach in September, expect Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, temps between 86°F and 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

2
nights
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.
On the 18th (Tue), see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

Plan trip to San Diego with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, you will find days in San Diego are little chillier (80°F), and nights are about the same (69°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

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

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