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 15​min
1
Las Vegas
— 1 night
2
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Monterey
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: London

1
night
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): examine the collection at The Mob Museum.

To see reviews and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip planner .

London, UK to Las Vegas is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Las Vegas is minus 8 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from London in August: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 45°C and lows are around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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.
Escape the urban bustle at La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. We've included these beaches for you: Black's Beach and Children's Pool. And it doesn't end there: trek along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, see the interesting displays at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Diego trip planner.

Getting from Las Vegas to San Diego by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in August, you will find days in San Diego are much colder (30°C), and nights are a bit cooler (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nicholas Canyon Beach and then take in the awesome beauty at Santa Monica Mountains. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign, then immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Carbon Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Zuma Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Monica sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Santa Monica takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and tram; or do a combination of flight and bus. In August, daytime highs in Santa Monica are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Malibu
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Barbara Zoo, and then kick back and relax at Thousand Steps Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Monica in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 18°C in Santa Barbara. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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.
Get outdoors at Panorama Trail and Vernal Fall. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, pause for some serene contemplation at Yosemite Valley Chapel, hike along Nevada Falls Loop, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park itinerary planning site .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and car from Santa Barbara to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Santa Barbara in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument. You'll get in some beach time at Fort Funston National Park and China Beach. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and get curious at Exploratorium.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip planning tool .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 24th (Sat), admire the striking features of The Old Monterey Jail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Asilomar State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Monterey online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Beaches Nature

Side Trips

Point Lobos, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
The Old Monterey Jail ©
The Old Monterey Jail

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