18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Gothenburg
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Gothenburg

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.
Do your shopping at The Grove and Amoeba Music. Kids will enjoy Disneyland Park and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim--about 40 minutes away. Pack the 26th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Will Rogers State Beach and stop by Hollywood & Highland.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles vacation maker site .

Gothenburg, Sweden to Los Angeles is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Gothenburg in March: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 26°C and lows are around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Anaheim
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

2
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica Beach, then stop by Bergamot Station, and then kick back and relax at Manhattan Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: hunt for treasures at Santa Monica Farmers Market, make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, and then take a stroll through Montana Avenue.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Santa Monica trip planner.

Santa Monica is just a short distance from Los Angeles. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Santa Monica, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Manhattan Beach
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Head to Seaport Village and Gaslamp Quarterfor some retail therapy. Change things up with a short trip to Carlsbad State Beach in Carlsbad (about 32 minutes away). The adventure continues: stroll through La Jolla Cove and enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Shores Park.

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Drive from Santa Monica to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of tram and train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in March, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow time for travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

South Carlsbad State Beach
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Seaport Village ©
Seaport Village
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then make a trip to Ghirardelli Square. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, then get curious at Exploratorium, and finally take a stroll around Civic Center.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco online route planner .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Diego in April since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like State Street and Seaside Gardens. Shop till you drop at Bart's Books and Chocolate Maya. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Barbara side-trips: Global Gardens (in Los Olivos), Sunstone Vineyards & Winery (in Santa Ynez) and The Good Life (in Solvang). There's still lots to do: hunt for treasures at Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market, make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, meet the residents at Santa Barbara Zoo, and look for all kinds of wild species at Santa Barbara Orchid Estate.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara day trip planner .

You can fly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Carpinteria, Global Gardens, Bart's Books, The Good Life, Sunstone Vineyards & Winery
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Seaside Gardens ©
Seaside Gardens
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

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