13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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13 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Groveland
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Merced
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
5
Monterey
— Few hours
bus:  1​h
6
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
San Simeon
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
8
Pismo Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Santa Barbara
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Malibu
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
11
Long Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
12
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Philadelphia

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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 Fort Funston National Park as well as Golden Gate Bridge. On the 11th (Wed), take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf and then admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge and then kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park.

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Philadelphia to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in September, plan for slightly colder nights in San Francisco, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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Groveland

Groveland ©
Groveland is a census-designated place (CDP) in Tuolumne County, California. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Yosemite Cellars. On the 13th (Fri), learn about winemaking at Yosemite Cellars and then examine the collection at Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum.

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Getting from Oakdale to Groveland by car takes about an hour. Traveling from Oakdale in September, Groveland is a bit cooler at night with lows of 54°F. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Groveland

Wineries Museums
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Yosemite Cellars ©
Yosemite Cellars
Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum ©
Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum

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nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mariposa Grove.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Groveland to Yosemite National Park takes 1.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Groveland in September: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 74°F and lows are around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

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Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

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Merced

Merced ©
Merced is a city in, and the county seat of, Merced County in the San Joaquin Valley of Central California. You've now added Vista Ranch and Cellars to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Vista Ranch and Cellars.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Merced trip planning tool .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Merced by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September; daily highs in Merced reach 90°F and lows reach 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Merced

Wineries
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Vista Ranch and Cellars ©
Vista Ranch and Cellars

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 15th (Sun), explore the activities along Monterey Bay and then stroll through Asilomar State Beach.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip planner.

Getting from Merced to Monterey by car takes about 2.5 hours. When traveling from Merced in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

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Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
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Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

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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 16th (Mon): stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and finally trek along Partington Cove.

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You can take a bus from Monterey to Big Sur in an hour. Another option is to drive. In September, daytime highs in Big Sur are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Partington Cove ©
Partington Cove

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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.
On the 17th (Tue), learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then make a trip to Nitt Witt Ridge.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon itinerary 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 September, you will find days in San Simeon are somewhat warmer (90°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nitt Witt Ridge
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery
Nitt Witt Ridge ©
Nitt Witt Ridge

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Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. On the 17th (Tue), do a tasting at Ancient Peaks Winery.

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Drive from San Simeon to Pismo Beach in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from San Simeon in September, you will find days in Pismo Beach are slightly colder (83°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Wineries

Side Trip

Ancient Peaks Winery
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Ancient Peaks Winery ©
Ancient Peaks Winery

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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.
For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip planner .

Getting from Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Santa Barbara are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. On the 17th (Tue), you're off toMalibu.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites
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Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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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 18th (Wed): make a trip to Malibu Pier.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Malibu trip site .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Malibu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Santa Barbara in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Malibu, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Long Beach.
Highlights from your plan
Malibu Pier ©
Malibu Pier

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Long Beach

Long Beach ©
Long Beach has long been overshadowed by its bigger and more famous neighbor known as the City of Angels.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium of the Pacific and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

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Traveling by car from Malibu to Long Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Malibu, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Long Beach, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Long Beach

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Aquarium of the Pacific ©
Aquarium of the Pacific
Helicopter Tours

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to La Jolla Cove and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Change things up with a short trip to Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine (about 48 minutes away). There's more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo and see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Diego sightseeing planning app .

You can drive from Long Beach to San Diego in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Long Beach in September, plan for little chillier days in San Diego, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears

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