17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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Fly
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New York City
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 1 night
Drive
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Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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New York City

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Attractions like Central Park and Top of the Rock make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, browse the exhibits of 9/11 Memorial, stroll around World Trade Center's Liberty Park, and pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City trip itinerary builder app.

Johannesburg, South Africa to New York City is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Johannesburg to New York City. When traveling from Johannesburg in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in New York City, with highs around 34°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa, about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, go for a walk through Lombard Street, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from New York City to San Francisco takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from New York City in August, with highs in San Francisco at 26°C and lows at 17°C. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive and then admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Monterey online vacation planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Monterey by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a shuttle. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

1
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Big Sur

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Big Sur trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Monterey to Big Sur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. You'll set off for Santa Barbara on the 18th (Sun).

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wineries

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Santa Barbara

The American Riviera

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 18th (Sun): take a stroll through State Street Underpass, then steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip planner.

You can drive from Big Sur to Santa Barbara in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. While traveling from Big Sur, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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Los Angeles

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Disneyland Park and Universal Studios Hollywood. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disney California Adventure Park about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, examine the collection at The Getty Center, and stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Los Angeles itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than Santa Barbara - with highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.