12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  6​h
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
San Simeon
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
5
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Jose
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
7
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Newark

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. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, stroll around La Jolla Cove, and then shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary app .

Newark to San Diego is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Newark to San Diego, you'll gain 3 hours 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). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

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

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 day-by-day itinerary now includes A-List Hollywood Tours, Hollywood Farmers' Market, California Science Center, and other attractions you added. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Griffith Observatory and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Next up on the itinerary: see some familiar sights at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip 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, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 66°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time 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.
For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Santa Monica online itinerary planner .

Santa Monica is just a short distance from Los Angeles. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect nights in Santa Monica to be about the same, around 65°F, while days are little chillier, around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping Outdoors Nature

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.
On the 27th (Sat), look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and then cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Simeon trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Santa Monica to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. While traveling from Santa Monica, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 94°F to lows of 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 Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. You've now added Monterey Bay Aquarium to your itinerary. On the 28th (Sun), get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row, observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and finally admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Monterey trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in July, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are cooler, around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trips

Point Lobos, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Winchester Mystery House and then delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Jose vacation planner.

You can drive from Monterey to San Jose in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites Nature Parks

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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Lombard Street, Blue & Gold Fleet, PIER 39, Golden Gate Bridge Bike Rentals, and other attractions you added. Appreciate the collections at USS Pampanito and Cable Car Museum. Fisherman's Wharf and Alcatraz Island are good opportunities to explore the local culture.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip app .

Traveling by car from San Jose to San Francisco takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. Traveling from San Jose in July, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (73°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). On the 1st (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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