18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Miami
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
2
Napa
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
3
Calistoga
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
6
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Cambria
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
9
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Los Angeles
— 1 night
+2
Fly + subway + bus:  6​h 30​min
11
Yountville
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
12
San Simeon
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  13​h
End: Miami

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San Francisco

San Francisco
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco route builder tool .

Miami to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Miami in April, expect nights in San Francisco to be cooler, around 51°F, while days are slightly colder, around 67°F. You'll set off for Napa on the 17th (Wed).

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Wineries

1
night
Napa

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Napa trip builder site .

Getting from San Francisco to Napa by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from San Francisco in April since evenings lows in Napa dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Calistoga.

Things to do in Napa

Tours

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings

1
night
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Calistoga road trip planning app .

You can drive from Napa to Calistoga in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Calistoga sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 45°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Fri) before leaving for San Francisco.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries

Side Trip

Pride Mountain Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ghirardelli Square as well as Golden Gate Bridge. On the 19th (Fri), snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, and then browse the different shops at Ghirardelli Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): make a trip to Golden Gate Park, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, then admire the striking features of Coit Tower, and finally make a trip to Lombard Street.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner .

You can drive from Calistoga to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Calistoga in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 51°F in San Francisco. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Childrens Museums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Golden Gate Park ©
Golden Gate Park

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Your list of things to see and do now includes Cannery Row, Cypress Point Golf Club, 17-Mile Drive, and other attractions.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Monterey online day trip 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. In April in Monterey, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trip

Cypress Point Golf Club
Highlights from your plan
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Cypress Point Golf Club ©
Cypress Point Golf Club

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. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links and then hike along Scenic Road Walkway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Carmel River State Beach and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Carmel trip planner.

Carmel is very close to Monterey. April in Carmel sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

1
night
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). On the 24th (Wed), kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach and then admire all the interesting features of Moonstone Beach Dr.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cambria trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Carmel to Cambria in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in April: highs in Cambria hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in Cambria

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bixby Bridge, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and McWay Falls.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Big Sur travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Cambria to Big Sur takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Cambria, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Big Sur, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 48°F. You'll set off for Santa Barbara on the 25th (Thu).

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

1
night
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.
On the 25th (Thu), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara online trip builder .

You can drive from Big Sur to Santa Barbara in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. When traveling from Big Sur in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings

1
night
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 Guideline Tours. On the 26th (Fri), go all around town with Guideline Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, examine the collection at The Getty Center, then get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Santa Barbara in April, with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Tours Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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nights
Yountville

Yountville ©
Named after the man responsible for establishing Napa Valley's first vineyard, Yountville is a destination for foodies.
You've now added Domaine Chandon to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): savor the flavors at Domaine Chandon, learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, stop by Dean & DeLuca, then learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Mumm Napa. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Cakebread Cellars, then learn about winemaking at Inglenook, then learn about winemaking at Frog's Leap Winery, and finally admire the natural beauty at Round Pond Estate.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Yountville trip builder website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Los Angeles to Yountville in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in April; daily highs in Yountville reach 70°F and lows reach 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yountville

Wineries Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Rutherford, St. Helena, Glen Ellen, Robert Mondavi Winery
Highlights from your plan
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery
Inglenook ©
Inglenook
Benziger Family Winery ©
Benziger Family Winery

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nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Hearst Castle has been added to your itinerary. On the 1st (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, don't miss a visit to San Simeon Pier, and then enjoy the sand and surf at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, then look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Yountville to San Simeon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus, subway, and flight. When traveling from Yountville in April, plan for a bit warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

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