14 days in United States Itinerary

14 days in United States Itinerary

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14 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Belfast
Bus + Fly:  15 h
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  30 min
2
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  14 h 45 min
End: Belfast

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 15th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Keep things going the next day: catch a live performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall, stop by The Last Bookstore, then look for gifts at Amoeba Music, then look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles visit planning site

Belfast, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 15-hour combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Belfast to Los Angeles. Traveling from Belfast in July, expect Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Beaches Parks
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Amoeba Music ©
Amoeba Music
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

2
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Escape the urban bustle at Hermosa Beach Pier and Zuma Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Santa Monica Farmers Market and Montana Avenue. Take a break from Santa Monica with a short trip to Malibu Lagoon State Beach in Malibu, about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Santa Monica Beach, get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, enjoy the sand and surf at Manhattan Beach, and stop by Bergamot Station.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Santa Monica tour itinerary app

Santa Monica is just a short distance from Los Angeles. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you will find days in Santa Monica are a bit cooler (27°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Malibu, Hermosa Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach

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.
On the 21st (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Beach and then make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip itinerary app

Drive from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Monica in July, Santa Barbara is slightly colder at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Butterfly Beach
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Butterfly Beach ©
Butterfly Beach
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

3
nights
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 itinerary includes some good beach time at La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. Visiting Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Children's Pool will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planner

Drive from Santa Barbara to San Diego in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Santa Barbara in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 22°C in San Diego. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks will get you outdoors. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like City Lights Booksellers & Publishers and The Embarcadero. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, browse the different shops at Ghirardelli Square, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Francisco tour planner

Traveling by flight from San Diego to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from San Diego in July, San Francisco is little chillier at night with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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