16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Pismo Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
7
Long Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
8
Laguna Beach
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Edmonton

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and San Francisco Bay Bridge. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and explore and take pictures at Alcatraz Island.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to San Francisco. In June in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 55°F at night. You will leave for Monterey on the 9th (Tue).

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey route tool .

Getting from San Francisco to Monterey by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, then visit a coastal fixture at Point Sur State Historic Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Limekiln State Park and then immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Big Sur trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Monterey to Big Sur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. June in Big Sur sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then examine the collection at Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary).

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read San Simeon tour planner .

Drive from Big Sur to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Big Sur in June, plan for warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 93°F by day to 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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3
nights
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Morro Rock and Monarch Butterfly Grove. Change things up with a short trip to Montana de Oro State Park in Los Osos (about 40 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Avila Main Beach, stop by SLO Sweets San Luis Obispo, stroll around Margo Dodd Park, and take a leisurely stroll along Pismo Pier.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Pismo Beach road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Pismo Beach takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Pismo Beach: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

San Luis Obispo, Montana de Oro State Park, Morro Rock, Avila Main Beach
Highlights from your plan
Margo Dodd Park ©
Margo Dodd Park
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove

1
night
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 17th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Ocean Avenue, admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Monica Farmers Market. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Greystone Mansion and Park, walk around Palisades Park, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Santa Monica itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Pismo Beach to Santa Monica takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Pismo Beach, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Santa Monica, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Long Beach.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Greystone Mansion and Park
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

2
nights
Long Beach

Long Beach ©
Long Beach has long been overshadowed by its bigger and more famous neighbor known as the City of Angels.
To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Long Beach trip planner .

You can drive from Santa Monica to Long Beach in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a tram; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Long Beach can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in Long Beach

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Naples Island ©
Naples Island
California State University Long Beach ©

1
night
Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach ©
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): walk around Crescent Bay Point Park, then put a fun spin on your tour with ClueHoo, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Table Rock Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Laguna Beach trip planner .

Traveling by car from Long Beach to Laguna Beach takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Laguna Beach, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 63°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Crescent Bay Point Park ©
Crescent Bay Point Park
Pacific Marine Mammal Center ©
Pacific Marine Mammal Center

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