18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
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Los Angeles
— 1 day
train:  30​min
2
Anaheim
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Pismo Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
End: Los Angeles

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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.
On the 1st (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, then shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, and finally browse the different shops at The Grove.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles day trip planning tool .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport and Ontario International Airport. In September, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica
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Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
You've now added Disneyland Park to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Newport Beach, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: shop like a local with South Coast Plaza, buy something for everyone on your list at Irvine Spectrum Center, and then look for gifts at Build-A-Bear Workshop.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Anaheim road trip planning tool .

Anaheim is just a short distance from Los Angeles. In September, daily temperatures in Anaheim can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Shopping Beaches

Side Trips

South Coast Plaza, Irvine Spectrum Center, Christ Cathedral, Newport Beach
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Build-A-Bear Workshop ©
Build-A-Bear Workshop
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach

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night
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. On the 4th (Tue), browse the eclectic array of goods at VillageFest and then explore the stunning scenery at Indian Canyons.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Palm Springs online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Anaheim to Palm Springs in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Anaheim in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Palm Springs: highs are around 44°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
VillageFest ©
VillageFest

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Strip and The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian. There's lots more to do: admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, examine the collection at The Mob Museum, and try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Las Vegas attractions planner .

Drive from Palm Springs to Las Vegas in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Palm Springs in September, plan for slightly colder days in Las Vegas, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Historic Sites Nature
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The Strip ©
The Strip
Bellagio Hotel and Casino ©
Bellagio Hotel and Casino
Casino At The Venetian ©
Casino At The Venetian

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Las Vegas to Yosemite National Park in 9 hours. When traveling from Las Vegas in September, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 27°C, while nights are colder with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Museums Shopping
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
We've included these beaches for you: China Beach and Marshall’s Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Square. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through SoMa, and get to know the fascinating history of Twin Peaks.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, San Francisco is a bit warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Beaches
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

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night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral, then stop by The Cheese Shop, and then get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Monterey trip builder app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September in Monterey, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

The Cheese Shop
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Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop
San Carlos Cathedral ©
San Carlos Cathedral

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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.
To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip planner .

You can drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Monterey in September, plan for a bit warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. You will leave for Pismo Beach on the 13th (Thu).

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Nature

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Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Avila Main Beach, then hunt for treasures at San Luis Obispo County Farmers' Market Association, and finally admire the architecture and history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): take a stroll through Bubblegum Alley and then do a tasting at Tobin James Cellars.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Pismo Beach road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Pismo Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from San Simeon in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Pismo Beach: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

San Luis Obispo, Avila Beach, Tobin James Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Tobin James Cellars ©
Tobin James Cellars
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa ©
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

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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.
Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, then stroll through San Buenaventura State Beach, and then wander the streets of State Street.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara route planning website .

You can drive from Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

San Buenaventura State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
San Buenaventura State Beach
San Buenaventura State Beach

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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.
Keep things going the next day: stroll through Santa Monica State Beach, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ocean Avenue, and then take a stroll through Montana Avenue.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Santa Monica day trip planning website .

Getting from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and tram. Traveling from Santa Barbara in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Santa Monica, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping Beaches Nature

Side Trip

Rodeo Drive
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Rodeo Drive ©
Rodeo Drive
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Ocean Avenue ©
Ocean Avenue

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