12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Bus:  6​h 15​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 31st (Thu), shop like a local with Union Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Twin Peaks, learn about winemaking at Moone Tsai Winery, and then explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your San Francisco trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and subway. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 8 hours. Traveling from London in January, things will get somewhat warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 17°C and lows about 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Moone Tsai Winery, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
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.
Visiting Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Glacier Point will get you outdoors. On the 4th (Mon), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, explore the striking landscape at North Dome, explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lower Yosemite Fall Trail.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in February, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (10°C), and nights are cooler (-9°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

1
night
Santa Barbara

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve, look for gifts at The Sacred Space, then grab your bike and head to Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Daniel Gehrs Wines, then learn about winemaking at Epiphany Cellars, then learn about winemaking at Carhartt Vineyard, and finally do a tasting at Stolpman Vineyards.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Yosemite National Park to Santa Barbara in 6.5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 22°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Los Olivos, Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve, The Sacred Space
Highlights from your plan
Stolpman Vineyards ©
Stolpman Vineyards
Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

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.
Shop till you drop at Melrose Trading Post and The Grove. Your inner history buff will appreciate El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Santa Monica Pier. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Bergamot Station & Montana Avenue) and Running Horse Ranch (in Lake Hughes). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and get a taste of the local shopping with Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles day trip app .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Running Horse Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Melrose Trading Post ©
Melrose Trading Post
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Running Horse Ranch ©
Running Horse Ranch

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