17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
New York City
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Johannesburg

3
nights
New York City

New York City ©
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 The Metropolitan Museum of Art make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Empire State Building, take a stroll through Times Square, take in panoramic vistas at Top of the Rock, and pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the New York City holiday planning site .

Johannesburg, South Africa to New York City is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, you will find days in New York City are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are much warmer (25°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will enjoy Exploratorium and Wine Tours & Tastings. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, make a trip to Lombard Street, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco driving holiday tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to San Francisco in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. In August, San Francisco is little chillier than New York City - with highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): cruise along 17-Mile Drive and then take an in-depth tour of Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Monterey trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Monterey sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Big Sur travel route planner.

Getting from Monterey to Big Sur by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. You will leave for Santa Barbara on the 18th (Sun).

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Nature

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 18th (Sun): wander the streets of 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.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Santa Barbara road trip planner.

You can drive from Big Sur to Santa Barbara in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Traveling from Big Sur in August, expect nights in Santa Barbara to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Stearns Wharf ©
Stearns Wharf

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. Pack the 19th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

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Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

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

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