13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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13 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Merced
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
car:  5​h 30​min
5
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
6
Monterey
— Few hours
bus:  1​h
7
Big Sur
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
San Luis Obispo
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h
9
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
night
San Jose

San Jose
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Jose travel itinerary planner .

New York City to San Jose is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Jose. Traveling from New York City in June, San Jose is slightly colder at night with lows of 57°F. You will leave for San Francisco on the 28th (Fri).

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Outdoors Museums

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 Fisherman's Wharf, Lombard Street, Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then stroll through Baker Beach, and finally identify plant and animal life at Strawberry Hill.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco route app .

You can drive from San Jose to San Francisco in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. When traveling from San Jose in June, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Merced.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Filbert Street Stairs ©
Filbert Street Stairs

1
night
Merced

Merced
Merced is a city in, and the county seat of, Merced County in the San Joaquin Valley of Central California. To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Merced tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Merced takes 2.5 hours. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from San Francisco in June: highs in Merced hover around 94°F, while lows dip to 60°F. You'll set off for Yosemite National Park on the 1st (Mon).

Things to do in Merced

Parks Nightlife Museums

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, enjoy the sand and surf at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park road trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Merced to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Merced in July, things will get a bit cooler in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 83°F and lows about 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

1
night
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.
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has been added to your itinerary.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Santa Cruz trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and shuttle from Yosemite National Park to Santa Cruz takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days in Santa Cruz, with highs around 73°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk ©
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

few
hours
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. 17-Mile Drive has been added to your itinerary.

Find out how to plan Monterey trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Santa Cruz to Monterey by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. July in Monterey sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Big Sur road trip planning website .

Traveling by bus from Monterey to Big Sur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

1
day
San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Luis Obispo journey planner.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to San Luis Obispo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Big Sur in July, expect nights in San Luis Obispo to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 80°F. On the 4th (Thu), you're off toSan Diego.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Wineries Outdoors Parks

1
night
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mission Beach Park, Sunset Cliffs Natural Park and Cabrillo National Monument. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): stroll through La Jolla Cove and then stroll around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Diego travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from San Luis Obispo to San Diego in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from San Luis Obispo in July, San Diego is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Universal Studios Hollywood as well as Hollywood Sign. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. Visiting Oak Canyon Nature Center and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in July, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (83°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Oak Canyon Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Oak Canyon Nature Center ©
Oak Canyon Nature Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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