13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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13 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Lincoln
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Pismo Beach
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
3
San Luis Obispo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Big Sur
— Few hours
bus:  1​h
5
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
6
Santa Cruz
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
7
San Bruno
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
8
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
El Portal
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h
End: Lincoln

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip maker website .

Lincoln to Los Angeles is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Lincoln to Los Angeles is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Lincoln in July, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 66°F, while days are slightly colder, around 83°F. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Wed) before leaving for Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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hours
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Pismo Beach trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Pismo Beach in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, Pismo Beach is little chillier at night with lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Dinosaur Caves Park ©
Dinosaur Caves Park

1
night
San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo ©
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. You've now added Avila Valley Barn to your itinerary.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Luis Obispo road trip planning site .

San Luis Obispo is just a short distance from Pismo Beach. In July, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 56°F. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Big Sur.
Highlights from your plan
Avila Valley Barn ©
Avila Valley Barn

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hours
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 11th (Thu), snap pictures at Bixby Bridge and then immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Big Sur road trip planning website .

Getting from San Luis Obispo to Big Sur by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from San Luis Obispo in July, expect nights in Big Sur to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Monterey.

Things to do in Big Sur

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

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night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cannery Row as well as Dennis the Menace Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Monterey travel planning app .

Take a bus from Big Sur to Monterey in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Monterey sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 55°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Fri) before leaving for Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Dennis the Menace Park ©
Dennis the Menace Park
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row

few
hours
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
You've now added Santa Cruz Wharf to your itinerary.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Santa Cruz trip builder site .

Getting from Monterey to Santa Cruz by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. July in Santa Cruz sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Bruno.
Highlights from your plan
Santa Cruz Wharf ©
Santa Cruz Wharf

few
hours
San Bruno

San Bruno ©
San Bruno is a city in San Mateo County, California, United States, incorporated in 1914. DFS, San Francisco International Airport has been added to your itinerary.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Bruno road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to San Bruno takes 1.5 hours. July in San Bruno sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Bruno

Shopping
Highlights from your plan

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Chinatown, Union Square, Ghirardelli Square, and other attractions. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, browse the different shops at Ghirardelli Square, then make a trip to Lombard Street, and finally take a stroll through Union Square.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Francisco journey planning website .

San Francisco is very close to San Bruno. In July, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 57°F. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to El Portal.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Chinatown ©
Chinatown
Ghirardelli Square ©
Ghirardelli Square
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

4
nights
El Portal

El Portal ©
El Portal is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bridalveil Fall. You'll find plenty of places to visit near El Portal: Yosemite National Park (Vernal Fall & Half Dome).

Plan my trip to El Portal with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Getting from San Francisco to El Portal by car takes about 4 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for warmer days and about the same nights in El Portal: temperatures range from 95°F by day to 60°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to San Jose.

Things to do in El Portal

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

1
night
San Jose

San Jose
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Jose driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from El Portal to San Jose takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from El Portal in July, you will find days in San Jose are little chillier (81°F), and nights are about the same (59°F). You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Outdoors Museums

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