12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  9​h
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
2
Santa Monica
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
3
Malibu
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Big Sur
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
6
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Mill Valley
— 3 nights
bus:  45​min
8
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Washington DC

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Venice Beach and Boardwalk as well as Rodeo Drive.

To find out how to plan a trip to Los Angeles, use our trip itinerary maker.

Washington DC to Los Angeles is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 66°F in Los Angeles. On the 6th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Beaches Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Rodeo Drive ©
Rodeo Drive

few
hours
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.
Pacific Park has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): find something for the whole family at Pacific Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, and then make a trip to Santa Monica Pier.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Monica online travel route planner .

Santa Monica is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, you will find days in Santa Monica are little chillier (76°F), and nights are about the same (65°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors Beaches Nature
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Pacific Park ©
Pacific Park

few
hours
Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. You've now added Zuma Beach to your itinerary. On the 6th (Tue), kick back and relax at El Matador State Beach, then kick back and relax at Paradise Cove, and then kick back and relax at Zuma Beach.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Malibu trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Malibu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in August, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Malibu

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
El Matador State Beach ©
El Matador State Beach

2
nights
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.
You've added Santa Barbara Harbor, Shoreline Park, Thousand Steps Beach, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with State Street Underpass, make a trip to Moreton Bay Fig Tree, take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf, take in the waterfront at Santa Barbara Harbor, then walk around Shoreline Park, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Thousand Steps Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara travel route builder site .

You can drive from Malibu to Santa Barbara in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Malibu in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Santa Barbara, with lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Hearst Castle
Highlights from your plan
Arroyo Burro County Beach Park ©
Arroyo Burro County Beach Park
Stearns Wharf ©
Stearns Wharf
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

few
hours
Big Sur

Big Sur
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Big Sur trip planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Big Sur takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. When traveling from Santa Barbara in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Big Sur: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 57°F at night. On the 8th (Thu), you're off toMonterey.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Nature

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Old Fisherman's Wharf as well as Monterey Bay Kayaks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): take in the waterfront at Old Fisherman's Wharf, immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, and finally glide peacefully along the water with Monterey Bay Kayaks.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey tour planner .

You can take a bus from Big Sur to Monterey in an hour. Another option is to drive. In August, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Mill Valley.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Beaches Adventure

Side Trips

Big Sur, Point Lobos
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

3
nights
Mill Valley

Mill Valley ©
Mill Valley is a city in Marin County, California, United States, located about 14mi north of San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge. Explore Mill Valley's surroundings by going to San Francisco (Chinatown & Fisherman's Wharf). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Muir Woods National Monument, hike along Dipsea Trail, admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Tamalpais State Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Mill Valley trip website .

Traveling by car from Monterey to Mill Valley takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. While traveling from Monterey, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mill Valley, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to San Francisco.

Things to do in Mill Valley

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

San Francisco, Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Mount Tamalpais State Park ©
Mount Tamalpais State Park
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands

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 14th (Wed): walk around Golden Gate Park, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then don't miss a visit to Lombard Street.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco travel planning site .

Traveling by bus from Mill Valley to San Francisco takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Mill Valley in August, expect nights in San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, around 59°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 73°F. You'll set off for home on the 15th (Thu).

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Park ©
Golden Gate Park
Lombard Street ©
Lombard Street

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