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:  1​h
2
San Jose
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Santa Cruz
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Malibu
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
9
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Toronto

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 Full House House as well as Painted Ladies. On the 27th (Thu), take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge and then steep yourself in history at Painted Ladies. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island and then make a trip to Full House House.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco online trip itinerary maker .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. In June, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Painted Ladies ©
Painted Ladies

few
hours
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral and then steep yourself in history at Winchester Mystery House.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Jose trip itinerary app .

You can drive from San Francisco to San Jose in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Jose, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Monterey.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Winchester Mystery House ©
Winchester Mystery House
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral ©
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Monterey day trip planner .

You can drive from San Jose to Monterey in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Jose in June: highs in Monterey hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Monterey

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

1
day
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Natural Bridges State Beach, don't miss a visit to S.S. Palo Alto Concrete Ship, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Santa Cruz trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Monterey to Santa Cruz in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, S.S. Palo Alto Concrete Ship
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach
S.S. Palo Alto Concrete Ship ©
S.S. Palo Alto Concrete Ship

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Big Sur trip planner .

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Big Sur in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Big Sur are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 1st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

1
night
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 1st (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel.

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

Traveling by car from Big Sur to San Simeon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Big Sur in July, you will find days in San Simeon are much hotter (40°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Tue) before leaving for Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Nitt Witt Ridge ©
Nitt Witt Ridge

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Carpinteria State Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara driving holiday site .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Santa Barbara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 18°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Carpinteria State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach

1
night
Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take in the waterfront at Malibu Pier and then see a world frozen in time at Paramount Ranch. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Legacy Park, then kick back and relax at Zuma Beach, and then kick back and relax at El Matador State Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Malibu itinerary maker .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Malibu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In July in Malibu, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Paramount Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
Paramount Ranch ©
Paramount Ranch
El Matador State Beach ©
El Matador State Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles online travel route planner .

You can drive from Malibu to Los Angeles in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of bus and tram; or take a bus. Traveling from Malibu in July, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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