16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly + bus:  15​h 15​min
1
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Morro Bay
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Manchester

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): listen to music at Third Street Promenade. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of 26-Mile Bike Path, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, and finally make a trip to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Santa Monica travel planner.

Manchester, UK to Santa Monica is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and tram. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 8 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in July, with highs in Santa Monica at 28°C and lows at 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trip

Six Flags Magic Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path

2
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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 21st (Tue): steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally take a stroll through State Street Underpass.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Santa Barbara tour planning site .

Drive from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Monica in July, Santa Barbara is a bit cooler at night with lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

1
day
Morro Bay

Morro Bay ©
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. On the 23rd (Thu), stop by The Shell Shop, see the interesting displays at Morro Bay State Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Morro Bay National Estuary, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Morro Bay trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Morro Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock
Morro Bay State Park ©
Morro Bay State Park
The Shell Shop ©
The Shell Shop

2
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. On the 24th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Scenic Road Walkway, then take an in-depth tour of Carmel Mission, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally stop by The Cheese Shop.

Plan trip to Carmel with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Morro Bay to Carmel by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Morro Bay in July: highs in Carmel hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

3
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, and trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park holiday builder site .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 33°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

3
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: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, go to the San Francisco online visit planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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