12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Monterey
— Few hours
bus:  45​min
4
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
San Simeon
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
6
Pismo Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Malibu
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
8
Long Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Philadelphia

2
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 Fort Funston National Park as well as Golden Gate Bridge. On the 8th (Thu), take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf and then admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge and then kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco online trip itinerary planner .

Philadelphia to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Philadelphia to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in August, expect San Francisco to be little chillier, temps between 73°F and 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Half Dome, Bridalveil Fall and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. On the 10th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Half Dome and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall. On your second day here, stroll through Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 43°F at night. On the 12th (Mon), you'll travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

few
hours
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 12th (Mon), explore the activities along Monterey Bay and then stroll through Asilomar State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Monterey route planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: highs in Monterey hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Beaches Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

2
nights
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 Ragged Point. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Ragged Point, enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and finally hike along Partington Cove.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Big Sur tour itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Monterey to Big Sur in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

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.
To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip planner.

Getting from Big Sur to San Simeon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Big Sur in September, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 90°F. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cambria.

Things to do in San Simeon

Shopping Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery

1
night
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take a stroll through Bubblegum Alley and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Pismo Beach sightseeing planner .

You can drive from San Simeon to Pismo Beach in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from San Simeon in September, expect nights in Pismo Beach to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are slightly colder, around 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Malibu.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Speed Boats Tours, Bubblegum Alley
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Bubblegum Alley ©
Bubblegum Alley

few
hours
Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Before you visit Malibu, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Pismo Beach to Malibu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Malibu when traveling from Pismo Beach in September, with lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Long Beach.
Highlights from your plan
Malibu Pier ©
Malibu Pier

2
nights
Long Beach

Long Beach ©
Long Beach has long been overshadowed by its bigger and more famous neighbor known as the City of Angels.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park.

Find out how to plan Long Beach trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Malibu to Long Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Malibu in September: highs in Long Beach hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Long Beach

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego and then stroll through San Diego Zoo. On your second day here, walk around La Jolla Cove and then stroll through Mission Beach Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Diego trip tool .

Getting from Long Beach to San Diego by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Long Beach, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

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