18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
car:  3​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
car:  5​h 30​min
3
Santa Cruz
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
4
Monterey
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Cambria
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
6
Pismo Beach
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Ventura
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
8
Malibu
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
9
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
San Diego
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
11
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, walk around Golden Gate Park, make a trip to Lombard Street, and stop by Exploratorium.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip planning site .

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from London in September, things will get somewhat warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): cruise along Tioga Pass and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Olmsted Point, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and then hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park travel planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

few
hours
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Santa Cruz attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and shuttle from Yosemite National Park to Santa Cruz takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Santa Cruz: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 12°C at night. On the 3rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching

few
hours
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 3rd (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

Plan trip to Monterey with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Santa Cruz to Monterey by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Santa Cruz in October, plan for little chillier days in Monterey, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Monterey

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©

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). To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cambria trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Monterey to Cambria takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. While traveling from Monterey, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Cambria, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 9°C. On the 4th (Fri), you're off toPismo Beach.

Things to do in Cambria

Outdoors Parks Tours

few
hours
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): experience rural life at The Luffa Farm and then take in the waterfront at Pismo Pier.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Pismo Beach trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Cambria to Pismo Beach in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cambria in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Pismo Beach, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Ventura.
Highlights from your plan
Pismo Pier ©
Pismo Pier
The Luffa Farm ©
The Luffa Farm

few
hours
Ventura

Ventura ©
Ventura, officially the City of San Buenaventura, is the county seat of Ventura County, California, United States. On the 4th (Fri), take a leisurely stroll along Ventura Pier and Promenade.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ventura trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Pismo Beach to Ventura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Pismo Beach in October: highs in Ventura hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Malibu.
Highlights from your plan
Ventura Pier and Promenade ©
Ventura Pier and Promenade

few
hours
Malibu

Malibu
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Malibu trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Ventura to Malibu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Malibu are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. On the 4th (Fri), you'll travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Malibu

Outdoors Parks Tours

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.
Los Angeles is known for museums, theme parks, childrens museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planning app .

You can drive from Malibu to Los Angeles in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of bus and tram; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

4
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.
San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, stroll through Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and stroll around Cuvier Park - The Wedding Bowl.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October in San Diego, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

1
night
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, then see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, and finally don't miss a visit to Hollywood Sign.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles vacation planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Travel Town ©
Travel Town
The Grove ©
The Grove

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