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
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Pismo Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
5
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: London

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Cabrillo Tide Pools. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

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

London, UK to San Diego is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to San Diego is minus 8 hours. Traveling from London in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 23°C in San Diego. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Cabrillo Tide Pools ©
Cabrillo Tide Pools
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): kick back and relax at Butterfly Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Thousand Steps Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara day trip planner .

Drive from San Diego to Santa Barbara in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 18°C in Santa Barbara. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve, Butterfly Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve ©
Butterfly Beach ©
Butterfly Beach

1
night
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 25th (Thu): kick back and relax at Eldwaylen Ocean Park, then grab your bike and head to Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

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You can drive from Santa Barbara to Pismo Beach in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Pismo Beach can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Carmel Valley.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Avila Beach
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours

1
night
Carmel Valley

Carmel Valley ©
Carmel Valley Village is a census-designated place in Monterey County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): hike along Big Sur, then do a tasting at Parsonage Winery Tasting Room, and then stroll through Garland Ranch Regional Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel Valley route planner .

You can drive from Pismo Beach to Carmel Valley in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Pismo Beach in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Carmel Valley: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Carmel Valley

Parks Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Garland Ranch Regional Park ©
Garland Ranch Regional Park
Parsonage Winery Tasting Room ©
Parsonage Winery Tasting Room

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium, immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Monterey road trip planning website .

Monterey is just a short distance from Carmel Valley. In July in Monterey, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Carmel
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and China Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Fort Funston National Park and Marshall’s Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley (about 46 minutes away). There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, play a few rounds at Lincoln Park, and don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Park.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip builder site .

You can drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tuolumne Meadows and Glacier Point. And it doesn't end there: hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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