19 days in United States Itinerary

19 days in United States Itinerary

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19 days in United States Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
4
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
5
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

2
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): kick back and relax at Pleasure Point Beach. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Santa Cruz online travel route planner .

London, UK to Santa Cruz is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to Santa Cruz due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Santa Cruz are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Fort Funston National Park and China Beach. Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, examine the collection at de Young Museum, and look for gifts at Exploratorium.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planning tool .

You can drive from Santa Cruz to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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.
Visiting Tuolumne Meadows and Sentinel Dome will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: walk around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, and take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

Make your Yosemite National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Monica.

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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): make a trip to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Monica State Beach, then browse the exhibits of Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, and finally take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Santa Monica tour itinerary app .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Santa Monica in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days in Santa Monica, with highs around 28°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium ©
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

5
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.
Visiting Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach will get you outdoors. Family-friendly places like Disneyland Park and Universal Studios Hollywood will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Monica Bay, and get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Los Angeles tour website .

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Santa Monica. When traveling from Santa Monica in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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