15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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15 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Pismo Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
+4
train + foot + bus + foot + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Manchester

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Exploratorium, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Francisco online route planner .

Manchester, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Manchester to San Francisco. Traveling from Manchester in August, things will get somewhat warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 26°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Carmel is known for nature, beaches, historic sites, spas, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, play a few rounds at Carmel Valley Ranch, go for a walk through The Pilgrim's Way Community Bookstore and Secret Garden, and meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Carmel holiday tool .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Monterey Bay Aquarium
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

2
nights
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): walk around Dinosaur Caves Park, walk around Margo Dodd Park, then enjoy the sea views from Point San Luis Lighthouse, and finally kick back and relax at Eldwaylen Ocean Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): explore the engaging exhibits at Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Grove, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Pismo Beach visit planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Pismo Beach takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. While traveling from Carmel, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Pismo Beach, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Avila Beach, Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum
Highlights from your plan
Margo Dodd Park ©
Margo Dodd Park
Point San Luis Lighthouse ©
Point San Luis Lighthouse
Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum ©

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Chaucer's Bookstore, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Santa Barbara Zoo, and then browse the collection at Camarillo Public Library.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Camarillo Public Library
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Camarillo Public Library ©
Camarillo Public Library
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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