13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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13 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Santa Barbara
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
5
Solvang
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Luis Obispo
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
7
Morro Bay
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
8
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h
End: Newark

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You've added Musee Mecanique, Ghirardelli Square, Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, appreciate the extensive heritage of Lyon Street Steps, enjoy the sea views from Fort Point, and make a trip to Lombard Street.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary website .

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Newark in January; daily highs in San Francisco reach 59°F and lows reach 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Golden Gate Park ©
Golden Gate Park
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

1
night
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.
On the 11th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Half Dome and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online tour builder .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in January, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around 13°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome

2
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Getty Center The Publications, Petersen Automotive Museum, Paramount Pictures, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): see some familiar sights at Paramount Pictures, see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, and then examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Bradbury Building, examine the collection at Japanese American National Museum, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles attractions planner.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, expect Los Angeles to be much hotter, temps between 70°F and 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive Museum
Japanese American National Museum ©
Japanese American National Museum

few
hours
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 now added State Street to your itinerary.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in January, with highs in Santa Barbara at 65°F and lows at 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Solvang.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

1
night
Solvang

Solvang ©
Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hans Christian Andersen Park.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Solvang trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Santa Barbara to Solvang in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Solvang, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Solvang

Parks Wineries

Side Trip

Sunstone Vineyards & Winery
Highlights from your plan
Hans Christian Andersen Park ©
Hans Christian Andersen Park
Sunstone Vineyards & Winery ©
Sunstone Vineyards & Winery

few
hours
San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Luis Obispo trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Solvang to San Luis Obispo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in January, and nighttime lows around 41°F. You will leave for Morro Bay on the 15th (Mon).

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Wineries Outdoors Parks

few
hours
Morro Bay

Morro Bay ©
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Morro Bay trip itinerary site .

Morro Bay is very close to San Luis Obispo. In January in Morro Bay, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to San Simeon.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Morro Bay State Park ©
Morro Bay State Park

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arriveĀ 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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Piedras Blancas, Friends of Hearst Castle and Sebastian General Store. On the 15th (Mon), look for gifts at Sebastian General Store and then do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery Tasting Room.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Simeon route planner .

Traveling by car from Morro Bay to San Simeon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Morro Bay in January, plan for a bit cooler days in San Simeon, with highs around 57°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Ragged Point
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Sebastian General Store ©
Sebastian General Store

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bixby Bridge, Mystery Spot, Monterey Bay, and other attractions you added. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row, then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, then take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, and finally take in the views from Bixby Bridge.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip planning tool .

Drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in January, you will find days in Monterey are somewhat warmer (63°F), and nights are slightly colder (43°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sur, Mystery Spot
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

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