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 Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Laguna Beach
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
3
Anaheim
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
West Hollywood
— 1 day
Drive:  30​min
5
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Santa Ynez
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
7
Cayucos
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
8
Cambria
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Big Sur
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
11
Santa Cruz
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
12
Boulder Creek
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
13
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Chicago

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Coronado Beach and then take in the dramatic natural features at Point Loma. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo and then let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read San Diego visit site .

Chicago to San Diego is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chicago to San Diego. Traveling from Chicago in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 68°F in San Diego. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Coronado Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach

few
hours
Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Laguna Beach trip tool .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Laguna Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Orange County Coast

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. On the 12th (Sat), discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Anaheim attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Laguna Beach to Anaheim takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. September in Anaheim sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to West Hollywood.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

1
day
West Hollywood

West Hollywood ©
West Hollywood, occasionally referred to locally as WeHo, is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes TCL Chinese Theatres, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood and Griffith Observatory. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): get behind the scenes with Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood, then watch a film at TCL Chinese Theatres, and then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read West Hollywood trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Anaheim to West Hollywood in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of train and subway; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Anaheim in September: highs in West Hollywood hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in West Hollywood

Tours Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood
Highlights from your plan
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood ©
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
TCL Chinese Theatres ©
TCL Chinese Theatres

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.
To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica travel planner .

Santa Monica is just a stone's throw from West Hollywood. In September in Santa Monica, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Santa Ynez.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Historic Sites

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. For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Santa Ynez trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Santa Ynez takes 2.5 hours. While traveling from Santa Monica, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Santa Ynez, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cayucos.

Things to do in Santa Ynez

Wineries Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Sunstone Vineyards & Winery ©
Sunstone Vineyards & Winery

few
hours
Cayucos

Cayucos ©
Cayucos is a census-designated place located on the coast in San Luis Obispo County, California along California State Route 1 between Cambria to the north and Morro Bay to the south. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Morro Rock.

Plan my Cayucos trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Traveling by car from Santa Ynez to Cayucos takes 1.5 hours. In September in Cayucos, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Cayucos

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Morro Rock
Highlights from your plan
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock

1
night
Cambria

Cambria
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Plan my day in Cambria using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Cambria is very close to Cayucos. When traveling from Cayucos in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cambria, with highs around 90°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Big Sur.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Elephant Seal Rookery

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 Bixby Bridge as well as McWay Falls. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, and then admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Big Sur travel website .

Getting from Cambria to Big Sur by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Cambria in September, expect nights in Big Sur to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are slightly colder, around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Monterey.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Point Lobos, Dolphin & Whale Watching and Monterey Bay Aquarium. Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey online driving holiday planner .

You can take a bus from Big Sur to Monterey in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in September, and nighttime lows around 56°F. On the 17th (Thu), you'll travel to Boulder Creek.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Point Lobos
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

few
hours
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.
Natural Bridges State Beach has been added to your itinerary. On the 17th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Natural Bridges State Beach and then take in the pleasant sights at Shark Fin Cove.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Santa Cruz tour builder website .

Drive from Monterey to Santa Cruz in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Monterey, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Cruz, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Boulder Creek.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Shark Fin Cove
Highlights from your plan
Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach
Shark Fin Cove ©
Shark Fin Cove

1
night
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.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Boulder Creek road trip planning tool .

Boulder Creek is just a stone's throw from Santa Cruz. In September, daily temperatures in Boulder Creek can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Boulder Creek

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Big Basin Redwoods State Park ©
Big Basin Redwoods State Park

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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 Oracle Park, Twin Peaks and Golden Gate City Hop-On Tours.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Boulder Creek to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Boulder Creek in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate City Hop-On Tours ©
Golden Gate City Hop-On Tours
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Oracle Park ©
Oracle Park

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