18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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Start: Boston
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Salinas
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Bus:  11 h 30 min
5
San Jose
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
6
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Boston

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip site.

Boston to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Boston to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Boston in July: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 73°F and lows are around 57°F. You will leave for Big Sur on the 26th (Sun).

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wineries Tours

2
nights
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 26th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Hawthorne Gallery, thenadmire the sheer force of McWay Falls, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sea views from Point Sur State Historic Park and then admire the majestic nature at Stonewall Peak Trail.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Big Sur trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Big Sur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In July in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 55°F at night. You'll set off for Salinas on the 28th (Tue).

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Stonewall Peak Trail
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Point Sur State Historic Park ©
Point Sur State Historic Park

2
nights
Salinas

Salinas ©
Salinas is the county seat and largest municipality of Monterey County, California. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): stop by Pezzini Farms and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at National Steinbeck Center, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, and then don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Salinas trip maker site.

Getting from Big Sur to Salinas by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Salinas can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Salinas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Pezzini Farms, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Point Lobos, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

2
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.
On the 30th (Thu), stroll through Panorama Trail, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and then don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, thentake in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park road trip planning app.

Explore your travel options from Salinas to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Salinas in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

2
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Winchester Mystery House, get curious at Children's Discovery Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: engage your brain at The Tech Interactive and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Jose tour app.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Jose by bus takes about 11.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Jose, with lows of 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Boat Tours & Water Sports
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The Tech Interactive ©
The Tech Interactive
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum ©
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

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.
Step out of the city life by going to La Jolla Cove and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Do some cultural sightseeing at USS Midway Museum and Mingei International Museum. Step out of San Diego to go to Alpine and see Lions, Tigers & Bears, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Black's Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Beach Park, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Diego road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Jose to San Diego takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Jose in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 68°F in San Diego. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Santa Monica State Beach and 26-Mile Bike Path. Do some cultural sightseeing at Santa Monica Pier and Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita. Pack the 8th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Santa Monica Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in August, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (84°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). On the 11th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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