18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  14​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
3
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Malibu
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Manchester

3
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 childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and catch a ride on Cable Cars.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco holiday builder app .

Manchester, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. July in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, and then explore the striking landscape at El Capitan. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Wawona Meadow, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome.

Plan trip to Yosemite National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are little chillier (8°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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.
On the 31st (Tue), snap pictures at San Diego - Coronado Bridge. On the next day, admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo and then stroll through Sunset Cliffs.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read San Diego trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Diego in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you will find days in San Diego are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are warmer (22°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

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

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disneyland Park about 38 minutes away. Pack the 4th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles driving holiday planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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.
On the 6th (Mon), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, and then take a stroll through State Street.

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You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: high temperatures in Santa Barbara hover around 27°C and lows are around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Historic Sites Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

3
nights
Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. On the 8th (Wed), immerse yourself in nature at Point Dume State Beach and Preserve, examine the collection at The Getty Villa, and then take a leisurely stroll along Malibu Pier. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Cove and then enjoy the sand and surf at El Matador State Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Malibu online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Malibu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in August, Malibu is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
Point Dume State Beach and Preserve ©
The Getty Villa ©
The Getty Villa

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