16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
4
Burbank
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
5
Long Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
6
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
7
Malibu
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
9
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
10
Stanford
— 1 day
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, get curious at Exploratorium, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, then look for gifts at City Lights Booksellers, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco tour builder site .

Amsterdam, Holland to San Francisco is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. In July, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Ansel Adams Gallery, then hike along Panorama Trail, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Trail.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery
Ansel Adams Gallery ©
Ansel Adams Gallery

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): explore the galleries of La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, then examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame. On the next day, get curious at California Science Center, then take a stroll through Old Pasadena, and then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Burbank.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Old Pasadena
Highlights from your plan
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Madame Tussauds Hollywood ©
Madame Tussauds Hollywood

1
night
Burbank

Burbank ©
Just a short drive from Hollywood and home to several entertainment companies, Burbank is saturated with connections to the media.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at The Parish Church of St. Mark, stop by Mignon Chocolate, then explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum, then browse the different shops at The Americana at Brand, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Glendale Galleria.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Burbank trip itinerary maker website .

Burbank is just a short distance from Los Angeles. In July, daytime highs in Burbank are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Long Beach.

Things to do in Burbank

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Glendale, Norton Simon Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Americana at Brand ©
The Americana at Brand
Norton Simon Museum ©
Norton Simon Museum
The Parish Church of St. Mark ©
The Parish Church of St. Mark

1
night
Long Beach

Long Beach ©
Long Beach has long been overshadowed by its bigger and more famous neighbor known as the City of Angels.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): kick back and relax at Seal Beach and then examine the collection at The Queen Mary.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Long Beach trip planner.

You can drive from Burbank to Long Beach in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and tram. When traveling from Burbank in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Long Beach: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Long Beach

Museums Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Seal Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Queen Mary ©
The Queen Mary

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.
On the 26th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then see the interesting displays at Automobile Driving Museum, then see the interesting displays at The Wende Museum of the Cold War, and finally shop like a local with Third Street Promenade.

Plan my day in Santa Monica using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Long Beach to Santa Monica by car takes about an hour. Other options: ride a tram; or take a bus. While traveling from Long Beach, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Santa Monica, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Museums Nightlife Shopping

Side Trips

Automobile Driving Museum, The Wende Museum of the Cold War
Highlights from your plan
The Wende Museum of the Cold War ©
The Wende Museum of the Cold War
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

1
night
Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. On the 27th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Carbon Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Malibu Hindu Temple, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Paramount Ranch, and finally stroll through Zuma Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Malibu trip itinerary maker tool .

Malibu is just a stone's throw from Santa Monica. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Malibu Hindu Temple, Paramount Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
Paramount Ranch ©
Paramount Ranch
Carbon Beach ©
Carbon Beach

2
nights
Santa Barbara

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Carpinteria State Beach, admire the architecture and history at Old Mission Santa Ines, then do a tasting at Sunstone Vineyards & Winery, and finally wander the streets of State Street Underpass. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and then stop by Vin Hus.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara road trip planner .

Getting from Malibu to Santa Barbara by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Santa Barbara when traveling from Malibu in July, with lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Ynez, Solvang, Carpinteria State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Old Mission Santa Ines ©
Old Mission Santa Ines
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ©

2
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): go for a walk through Ocean Avenue and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Lovers Point, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmel Mission, and finally take in the history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Santa Cruz route builder app .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Santa Barbara in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Santa Cruz, with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to Stanford.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

1
day
Stanford

Stanford ©
Stanford is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Clara County, California, United States and is the home of Stanford University. Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden, explore the world behind art at Rodin Sculpture Garden, and then examine the collection at Anderson Collection at Stanford University.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Stanford visit planner .

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Stanford in an hour. In August, daytime highs in Stanford are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Stanford

Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Rodin Sculpture Garden ©
Rodin Sculpture Garden
Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden ©
Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden

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