12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Diego
— 2 nights
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
3
Santa Monica
— 1 night
4
San Simeon
— Few hours
5
Monterey
— 2 nights
6
San Jose
— 1 day
7
San Francisco
— 3 nights

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.
You've now added San Diego Zoo to your itinerary.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Diego online visit planner.

Newark to San Diego is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in July, you will find days in San Diego are a bit cooler (77°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Wed) before leaving for Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter

2
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes A-List Hollywood Tours, Hollywood Farmers' Market, California Science Center, and other attractions. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Griffith Observatory and Hollywood Walk of Fame. The adventure continues: get behind the scenes with Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles visit planner.

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in July, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (83°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Tours · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood
Highlights from your plan
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
California Science Center ©
California Science Center

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.
On the 26th (Fri), shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and finally shop like a local with Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

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Santa Monica is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you will find days in Santa Monica are slightly colder (76°F), and nights are about the same (65°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

few
hours
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): stop by Sebastian General Store, then stroll through Moonstone Beach, and then cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to San Simeon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from Santa Monica in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 94°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Moonstone Beach Dr ©
Moonstone Beach Dr
Sebastian General Store ©
Sebastian General Store

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Your day by day itinerary now includes Monterey Bay Aquarium.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Monterey holiday planner.

Getting from San Simeon to Monterey by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for much colder days and about the same nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 55°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to San Jose.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches

Side Trips

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

1
day
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Winchester Mystery House and then delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Jose trip planning app.

Getting from Monterey to San Jose by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Monterey in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Jose: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Winchester Mystery House ©
Winchester Mystery House
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Lombard Street, Blue & Gold Fleet, Golden Gate Bridge Bike Rentals, and other attractions. Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. USS Pampanito and Cable Car Museum will appeal to museum buffs.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Francisco online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to San Francisco takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Jose in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 57°F. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
USS Pampanito ©
USS Pampanito

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