12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Boulder Creek
— 1 day
Drive:  30​min
3
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Monterey
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Big Sur
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
6
San Luis Obispo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Santa Ynez
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
9
Anaheim
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Chicago

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Big Bus Tours as well as Oracle Park. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore and take pictures at Oracle Park. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Twin Peaks and then see what you want with Big Bus Tours.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Francisco online tour itinerary planner .

Chicago to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Chicago to San Francisco, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. September in San Francisco sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 58°F at night. You'll set off for Sonoma on the 13th (Fri).

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Oracle Park ©
Oracle Park

1
day
Boulder Creek

Boulder Creek ©
Boulder Creek is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Cruz County, California, with a population of 4,923 as of the 2010 census.Boulder Creek served as the upper terminus of the San Lorenzo Valley Logging Flume terminating in Felton, which began construction in 1874 and when formally opened in October 1875 was augmented by a new rail line to transport logs to the wharf in Santa Cruz. You've now added Big Basin Redwoods State Park to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Big Basin Redwoods State Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Natural Bridges State Beach.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Boulder Creek travel route builder website .

Getting from San Francisco to Boulder Creek by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Boulder Creek are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Boulder Creek

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Natural Bridges State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach
Big Basin Redwoods State Park ©
Big Basin Redwoods State Park

1
night
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Santa Cruz road trip planning site .

Santa Cruz is very close to Boulder Creek. In September, daily temperatures in Santa Cruz can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. You'll set off for Monterey on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Parks Tours

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Your list of things to see and do now includes Lone Cypress, Point Lobos, 17-Mile Drive, and other attractions. On the 14th (Sat), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium and then take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos and then go for a walk through Lone Cypress.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Monterey trip builder .

Getting from Santa Cruz to Monterey by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Santa Cruz in September, plan for slightly colder days in Monterey, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Point Lobos, Lone Cypress
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Lone Cypress ©
Lone Cypress

1
day
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes McWay Falls, Partington Cove and Bixby Bridge. On the 16th (Mon), snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Partington Cove, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and finally stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Big Sur sightseeing planner.

Getting from Monterey to Big Sur by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In September in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

1
night
San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo ©
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Montana de Oro State Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Luis Obispo tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Big Sur to San Luis Obispo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Big Sur in September: highs in San Luis Obispo hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 57°F. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Santa Ynez.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Montana de Oro State Park
Highlights from your plan
Montana de Oro State Park ©
Montana de Oro State Park

few
hours
Santa Ynez

Santa Ynez
Santa Ynez is a census-designated place (CDP) in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County, California.The town of Santa Ynez is one of the communities of the Santa Ynez Valley. To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Ynez itinerary planning site .

Getting from San Luis Obispo to Santa Ynez by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from San Luis Obispo in September, plan for little chillier nights in Santa Ynez, with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Santa Ynez

Scenic Drive Wineries Outdoors

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hollywood Sign, TCL Chinese Theatres and Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Ynez to Santa Monica takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Santa Ynez in September, expect nights in Santa Monica to be somewhat warmer, around 65°F, while days are little chillier, around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Tours Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood
Highlights from your plan
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood ©
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
TCL Chinese Theatres ©
TCL Chinese Theatres

2
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
You've now added Disneyland Park to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Anaheim road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Anaheim takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of tram and train. When traveling from Santa Monica in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Anaheim, with highs around 88°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

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.
San Diego Zoo has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Old Point Loma Lighthouse and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Shores Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, snap pictures at Coronado Bridge, and then stroll through Coronado Beach.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, use the San Diego trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Anaheim to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Anaheim in September, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 79°F. You'll set off for home on the 22nd (Sun).

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Coronado Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach
Old Point Loma Lighthouse ©
Old Point Loma Lighthouse

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