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
— 3 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
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: London

3
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.
Relax by the water at La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach. Escape the urban bustle at San Diego Zoo and Mission Beach Park. And it doesn't end there: hike along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cabrillo Tide Pools.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip planning website .

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. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from London in July since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

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 24th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Santa Barbara Zoo, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Thousand Steps Beach. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip app .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Santa Barbara takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Expect little chillier evenings in Santa Barbara when traveling from San Diego in July, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Parks Beaches
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

1
night
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. On the 26th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Eldwaylen Ocean Park, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, then race across the water with a speed boat tour, and finally do a tasting at Sans Liege Wines.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Pismo Beach trip itinerary app .

Drive from Santa Barbara to Pismo Beach in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Carmel Valley.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Avila Beach
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Speed Boats Tours
Sans Liege Wines ©
Sans Liege Wines

1
night
Carmel Valley

Carmel Valley ©
Carmel Valley Village is a census-designated place in Monterey County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): hike along Big Sur, learn about winemaking at Parsonage Winery Tasting Room, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Garland Ranch Regional Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel Valley trip planner .

Traveling by car from Pismo Beach to Carmel Valley takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Pismo Beach in July, you will find days in Carmel Valley are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough 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 28th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then stroll through Carmel River State Beach. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, then don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip itinerary planning website .

Monterey is just a short distance from Carmel Valley. July in Monterey sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Relax by the water at Fort Funston National Park and China Beach. Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Lincoln Park. Step out of San Francisco to go to Mill Valley and see Muir Woods National Monument, which is approximately 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, get curious at Exploratorium, and kick back and relax at Marshall’s Beach.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to 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
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Nevada Falls Loop and Sentinel Dome. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Panorama Trail, stroll through Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in August, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are slightly colder (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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