16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will appreciate attractions like The Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences. Dedicate the 20th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alcatraz Island, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Francisco travel itinerary planner.

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from New York City in August, with highs in San Francisco at 72°F and lows at 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Parks Childrens Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 23rd (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then stop by The Cheese Shop. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral and then meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Monterey vacation trip planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Monterey by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Monterey are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Carmel, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

4
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.
Kids will enjoy San Diego Zoo and Children's Pool. Pack the 26th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. There's lots more to do: have fun at Balboa Park, see the interesting displays at Timken Museum of Art, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Diego sightseeing planner.

Getting from Monterey to San Diego by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, San Diego is somewhat warmer than Monterey - with highs of 76°F and lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

1
night
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 (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Santa Barbara Zoo and then stop by Chocolate Maya.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary planner.

Drive from San Diego to Santa Barbara in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in August, expect little chillier with lows of 57°F in Santa Barbara. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo
Chocolate Maya ©
Chocolate Maya

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.
Family-friendly places like Disneyland Park and Getty Center The Publications will thrill your kids. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disney California Adventure Park, which is approximately 40 minutes away. Pack the 30th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, don't miss a visit to Stahl House, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and have fun and explore at Travel Town Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in August, things will get a bit warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 84°F and lows about 65°F. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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