12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Diego
1
San Diego
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
6
Redwood National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: San Diego

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day
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 24th (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Shores Park.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Diego online travel route planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to San Diego. In March in San Diego, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park ©

1
night
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.
On the 25th (Sun), learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits & Museum, then admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica Beach, and then make a trip to Third Street Promenade.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip builder tool .

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take a stroll through State Street, make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, learn about winemaking at Stolpman Vineyards - Los Olivos Tasting Room, then do a tasting at tercero wines, and finally learn about winemaking at Carhartt Vineyard. Keep things going the next day: ponder the world of politics at Santa Barbara County Courthouse and then kick back and relax at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, Santa Barbara is slightly colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 66°F and lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trip

Los Olivos
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Arroyo Burro County Beach Park ©
Arroyo Burro County Beach Park
Carhartt Vineyard ©
Carhartt Vineyard
Stolpman Vineyards ©
Stolpman Vineyards

2
nights
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 28th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Coast Gallery Big Sur, trek along Partington Cove, immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach.

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Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Big Sur takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in March: highs in Big Sur hover around 61°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

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

2
nights
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.
On the 29th (Thu), trek along May Lake Trailhead. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Wawona Meadow, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall, and finally explore the striking landscape at El Capitan.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park visit planner .

You can drive from Big Sur to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Big Sur in March, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (54°F), and nights are colder (23°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias

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nights
Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
On the 1st (Sun), shop like a local with Trinidad Art Gallery, then kick back and relax at Trinidad State Beach, then examine the collection at End of the Trail Museum, and finally examine the collection at Trees of Mystery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Redwood National Park.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Redwood National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Redwood National Park by car takes about 10 hours. Other options: fly. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in March since evenings lows in Redwood National Park dip to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Klamath, Trinidad
Highlights from your plan
Trinidad State Beach ©
Trinidad State Beach
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 3rd (Tue), get to know the fascinating history of Twin Peaks, enjoy the sand and surf at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, then buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and finally examine the collection at Cable Car Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): get curious at California Academy of Sciences, then admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Muir Woods National Monument, and finally examine the collection at The Walt Disney Family Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner .

Getting from Redwood National Park to San Francisco by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Redwood National Park in April: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 67°F and lows are around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Walt Disney Family Museum ©
Walt Disney Family Museum
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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