12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Morro Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Houston

4
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.
Visit Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to La Jolla Cove and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Spend the 15th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Marston House Museum, take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego, and steep yourself in history at Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Diego online itinerary builder .

Houston to San Diego is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Houston in July, things will get slightly colder in San Diego: highs are around 77°F and lows about 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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.
Get some historical perspective at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Let the collections at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, stroll through Santa Monica Bay, and identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles road trip planning site .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in July: highs in Los Angeles hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Theme Parks
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

1
night
Morro Bay

Morro Bay ©
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. On the 23rd (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock, then view the masterpieces at Fiona Bleu Gallery, then contemplate the waterfront views at Morro Bay National Estuary, and finally see the interesting displays at Morro Bay State Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Morro Bay online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Morro Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 56°F in Morro Bay. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock
Morro Bay State Park ©
Morro Bay State Park

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 24th (Wed), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row, and then kick back and relax at Breakwater.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey online trip builder .

Getting from Morro Bay to Monterey by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Morro Bay in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row

2
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 25th (Thu): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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