16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: London

4
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, get a taste of the local shopping with Exploratorium, go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary website .

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 8 hours. In July in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then cruise along 17-Mile Drive.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Monterey tour itinerary builder website .

Getting from San Francisco to Monterey by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Monterey sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Point Lobos, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

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 (Tue): contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, learn more about the world around you at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, then get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally take a stroll through State Street Underpass.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip planning website .

Getting from Monterey to Santa Barbara by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Monterey in August, expect nights in Santa Barbara to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Monica: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley) and Six Flags Magic Mountain (in Santa Clarita). The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, hunt for treasures at Santa Monica Farmers Market, examine the collection at The Wende Museum of the Cold War, and admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Santa Monica trip planner .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Santa Monica are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

The Wende Museum of the Cold War, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
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The Wende Museum of the Cold War ©
The Wende Museum of the Cold War
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path

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.
San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego sightseeing website .

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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