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 + subway:  14​h
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
+2
taxi + bus + Fly:  10​h
4
Seattle
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: London

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium. California Academy of Sciences and de Young Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach). And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, and kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco itinerary builder app .

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from London to San Francisco is minus 8 hours. In July, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Muir Woods National Monument, Marin Headlands
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 7th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and finally trek along Partington Cove.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Big Sur online trip maker .

Getting from San Francisco to Big Sur by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In July in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Partington Cove ©
Partington Cove
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

6
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 Nature Center at Happy Isles and Glacier Point will get you outdoors. Spend the 11th (Thu) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Spend the 13th (Sat) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's still lots to do: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, make a trip to Pothole Dome, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail.

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Traveling by car from Big Sur to Yosemite National Park takes 6 hours. When traveling from Big Sur in July, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

4
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chihuly Garden and Glass and Glasshouse Studio. The Museum of Flight and Seattle Asian Art Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Seattle side-trips: Olympic National Park (Murhut Falls & Hood Canal). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Pike Place Market, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Seattle Aquarium, take in the waterfront at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, and take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Seattle day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Yosemite National Park to Seattle takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Seattle, with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Olympic National Park, Mercer Slough Nature Park
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Murhut Falls ©
Murhut Falls

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