12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Beverly Hills
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Indianapolis

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 29th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, then get curious at Exploratorium, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pomponio State Beach, and then kick back and relax at Cowell Ranch State Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to San Francisco. In March in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Beaches

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Half Moon Bay
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum

2
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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): explore the activities along Monterey Bay, visit a coastal fixture at Point Pinos Lighthouse, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and finally explore and take pictures at Lovers Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, then hike along Point Lobos, and then admire the architecture and history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Monterey trip builder website .

Getting from San Francisco to Monterey by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daytime highs in Monterey are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Carmel
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Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cambria Cemetery, then do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Piedras Blancas. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Leffingwell Landing, then view the masterpieces at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, then get a taste of the local shopping with artifacts gallery, and finally stroll through Moonstone Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Simeon trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Monterey in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cambria
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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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 4th (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Carpinteria State Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Cold Spring Tavern, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Douglas Family Preserve.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara road trip site .

You can drive from San Simeon to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from San Simeon in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 71°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Beverly Hills.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Carpinteria
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Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Douglas Family Preserve ©
Douglas Family Preserve
Cold Spring Tavern ©
Cold Spring Tavern

2
nights
Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills ©
Beverly Hills is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States, surrounded by the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at 26-Mile Bike Path. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, see the interesting displays at California Heritage Museum, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santa Monica Mountains.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Beverly Hills sightseeing site .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Beverly Hills in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daytime highs in Beverly Hills are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Beverly Hills

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Simi Valley
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path

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