12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  26​h
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Big Sur
— 1 night
bus:  30​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Johannesburg

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. Pack the 15th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip builder website .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Los Angeles is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 10 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are warmer (22°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

1
night
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.
On the 18th (Sun), make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara attractions planner .

Drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: high temperatures in Santa Barbara hover around 28°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): stroll through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and then trek along Pacific Valley Bluff Trail.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Big Sur online travel route builder .

Getting from Santa Barbara to Big Sur by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in August: highs in Big Sur hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Carmel.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Carmel trip planning app .

Carmel is just a short distance from Big Sur. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Monterey Bay Aquarium
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with Exploratorium and then stroll around Golden Gate Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read San Francisco tour planning app .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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