16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly:  8​h
1
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Durham

1
night
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): shop like a local with Chihuly Garden and Glass and then don't miss a visit to Space Needle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, admire the masterpieces at Seattle Art Museum, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Seattle trip itinerary builder tool .

Durham to Seattle is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Durham in June: high temperatures in Seattle hover around 74°F and lows are around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
On the 23rd (Sun), learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars, learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, and finally view the masterpieces at Mumm Napa.

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You can fly from Seattle to St. Helena in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Seattle in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in St. Helena: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Shopping Museums

Side Trips

B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, Mumm Napa
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery ©
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): learn about all things military at USS Pampanito, then examine the collection at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and finally step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. Keep things going the next day: engage your brain at Exploratorium, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks.

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Drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. While traveling from St. Helena, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

1
night
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): engage your brain at Children's Discovery Museum and then take an in-depth tour of Computer History Museum.

To see ratings and other tourist information, read San Jose trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to San Jose takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Jose, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Computer History Museum
Highlights from your plan
Computer History Museum ©
Computer History Museum
Children's Discovery Museum ©
Children's Discovery Museum

1
night
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 27th (Thu), kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Carmel road trip tool .

Traveling by car from San Jose to Carmel takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Jose in June: highs in Carmel hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Nature Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar 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.
Family-friendly places like Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and North Dome will thrill your kids. Get outdoors at Sentinel Dome and Vernal Fall. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, hike along Four Mile Trail, and don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online travel route planner .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. When traveling from Carmel in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 79°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

3
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.
Let the collections at The Getty Center and Travel Town capture your imagination. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. The adventure continues: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles travel planning app .

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 June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 62°F in Los Angeles. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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.
On the 4th (Thu), see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove. On the next day, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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