19 days in United States Itinerary

19 days in United States Itinerary

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19 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Hervey Bay
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Monterey
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  9​h 45​min
6
Buffalo
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
7
San Antonio
— 1 night
8
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Hervey Bay

2
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Santa Monica State Beach and South Bay Bicycle Trail. Visit Santa Monica Pier and Annenberg Community Beach House for their historical value. Step out of Santa Monica to go to Malibu and see Nicholas Canyon Beach, which is approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Ocean Avenue, don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign, admire the landmark architecture of Shotgun House, and hunt for treasures at Santa Monica Farmers Market.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica vacation tool .

Hervey Bay, Australia to Santa Monica is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Pacific Standard Time is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Hervey Bay in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Santa Monica. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nicholas Canyon Beach
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Ocean Avenue ©
Ocean Avenue

1
night
Santa Barbara

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, admire all the interesting features of El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally take a stroll through State Street Underpass.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara route planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Monica in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Santa Barbara, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Simeon trip planning app .

Drive from Santa Barbara to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Santa Barbara in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery

2
nights
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 15th (Sun): go for a walk through Shark Fin Cove, stroll through Manresa State Beach, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Rio Del Mar State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, and then kick back and relax at Waddell Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Santa Cruz trip site .

You can drive from San Simeon to Santa Cruz in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Santa Cruz: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Aptos, Shark Fin Cove, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park ©
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Shark Fin Cove ©
Shark Fin Cove

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Point Lobos, kick back and relax at Del Mar Beach, and then stroll through Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Monterey takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Cruz in September, you will find days in Monterey are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Buffalo.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Buffalo

Buffalo ©
The most populous city in the state after New York, Buffalo serves as the gateway to Niagara Falls and Canada for many travelers.
Visit Our Lady of Victory Basilica and St. Mary of the Cataract R. C. Parish for their historical value. Visiting Cave of the Winds and Niagara Gorge Trail will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Buffalo: Niagara Falls (Goat Island & Bridal Veil Falls). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Niagara Falls, steep yourself in history at Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex, and stroll through Devil's Hole State Park.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Buffalo itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Monterey to Buffalo in 10 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Monterey to Buffalo is 3 hours. September in Buffalo sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to San Antonio.

Things to do in Buffalo

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Niagara Falls, Our Lady of Victory Basilica
Highlights from your plan
Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls

1
night
San Antonio

San Antonio ©
As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk, then take in the history at Mission Espada, then take in the history at Mission San Jose, and finally admire the architecture and history at Mission Concepcion. On your second day here, explore the galleries of The Alamo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Joseph Catholic Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of King William Historic District, and finally steep yourself in history at The Guenther House Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Antonio trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Buffalo to San Antonio in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Buffalo to San Antonio is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Buffalo in September; daily highs in San Antonio reach 40°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose

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.
Visiting La Jolla Cove and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park, and explore the galleries of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Diego day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from San Antonio to San Diego takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Antonio to San Diego is minus 2 hours. In September, San Diego is a bit cooler than San Antonio - with highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

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