17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Willemstad, Curacao
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Paso Robles
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Santa Maria
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Willemstad, Curacao

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Golden Gate Bridge, Westfield San Francisco Centre, Chinatown, and other attractions. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, then buy something for everyone on your list at Embarcadero Center, and finally take a stroll through Chinatown.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco day trip planning site .

Willemstad, Curacao to San Francisco is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Willemstad to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Willemstad in October: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Fresno.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

2
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): examine the collection at The Tech Museum of Innovation, take an in-depth tour of Computer History Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Winchester Mystery House. On the next day, take a memorable drive along West Cliff Drive and then stroll through Natural Bridges State Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Jose travel planner.

Drive from San Francisco to San Jose in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Jose

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Computer History Museum
Highlights from your plan
Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach
Computer History Museum ©
Computer History Museum
Winchester Mystery House ©
Winchester Mystery House

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): stop by The Cheese Shop, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: admire all the interesting features of Seventeen Mile Drive, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Monterey road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from San Jose to Monterey takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from San Jose in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Paso Robles

Paso Robles ©
A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): take in the history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, then examine the collection at Morro Bay State Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): take a stroll through Bubblegum Alley, then admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery & Florist, then look for gifts at Pasolivo Olive Oil, and finally learn about winemaking at Tobin James Cellars.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Paso Robles trip planning site .

You can drive from Monterey to Paso Robles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Monterey in October, you will find days in Paso Robles are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are little chillier (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

San Luis Obispo, Cambria, Morro Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Tobin James Cellars ©
Tobin James Cellars
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa ©
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

2
nights
Santa Maria

Santa Maria ©
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): admire the architecture and history at Old Mission Santa Ines, then see the interesting displays at Elverhoj Museum, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at Avila Valley Barn, then stroll through Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, and then browse the different shops at Pismo Beach Premium Outlets.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Maria travel route builder tool .

You can drive from Paso Robles to Santa Maria in 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Santa Maria when traveling from Paso Robles in November, with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Tours Parks Trails

Side Trips

Solvang, Pismo Beach Premium Outlets, Wine Tours & Tastings, Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, Avila Valley Barn
Highlights from your plan
Pismo Beach Premium Outlets ©
Pismo Beach Premium Outlets
Elverhoj Museum ©
Elverhoj Museum
Old Mission Santa Ines ©
Old Mission Santa Ines

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): explore and take pictures at State Street, contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, then explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and finally do a tasting at Santa Barbara Winery. Keep things going the next day: take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf, meet the residents at Santa Barbara Zoo, and then ponder the world of politics at Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Maria to Santa Barbara takes 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Museum of Art ©
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes ArcLight Cinemas as well as Cinemark Playa Vista and XD. Montana Avenue and Hollywood Walk of Fame are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to The Grove and Hollywood & Highlandfor some retail therapy. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Santa Monica and see Third Street Promenade, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and look for gifts at The Original Farmers Market.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles itinerary app .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In November, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. You'll set off for home on the 4th (Sun).

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Fun & Games Nightlife

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
Hollywood Walk of Fame ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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