19 days in United States Itinerary

19 days in United States Itinerary

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19 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
2
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Pismo Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Santa Cruz
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Fresno
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Bakersfield
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Frankfurt

1
night
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.
To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles online holiday planner .

Frankfurt, Germany to Los Angeles is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Frankfurt in August: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 34°C and lows are around 22°C. On the 24th (Sat), you're off toSanta Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Tours

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.
On the 24th (Sat), immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then hunt for treasures at Santa Monica Farmers Market, and finally see a show at Third Street Promenade.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Santa Monica day trip website .

Santa Monica is just a short distance from Los Angeles. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Santa Monica, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 21°C. On the 25th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

2
nights
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 25th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Margerum Wine Company, then learn about winemaking at Grassini Family Vineyards, then get reinvigorated at Salt Cave, and finally walk around Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through State Street Underpass, then look for all kinds of wild species at Douglas Family Preserve, then stroll around Arroyo Burro County Beach Park, and finally admire the majestic nature at Carpinteria State Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Monica in August, Santa Barbara is a bit cooler at night with lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Carpinteria State Beach, Bart's Books
Highlights from your plan
Arroyo Burro County Beach Park ©
Arroyo Burro County Beach Park
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Douglas Family Preserve ©
Douglas Family Preserve

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night
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Pismo Beach travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Santa Barbara to Pismo Beach by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Pismo Beach can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Sextant Wines
Highlights from your plan
Sextant Wines ©
Sextant Wines

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Pfeiffer State Beach and Natural Bridges State Beach. Head to Pezzini Farms and Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Marketfor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Cruz: Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail (in Monterey), Big Sur (Hawthorne Gallery & McWay Falls) and Lovers Point (in Pacific Grove). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along West Cliff Drive, immerse yourself in nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and take in the pleasant sights at Shark Fin Cove.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Santa Cruz driving holiday site .

Traveling by car from Pismo Beach to Santa Cruz takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Pismo Beach in August, expect nights in Santa Cruz to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are slightly colder, around 27°C. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Pezzini Farms, Shark Fin Cove
Highlights from your plan
Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Muir Woods National Monument and San Francisco Bay. Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Muir Beach (in Muir Beach), VJB Cellars (in Kenwood) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, hike along Lands End, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner .

You can drive from Santa Cruz to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Fresno.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Muir Beach, Marin Headlands, VJB Cellars, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands

1
night
Fresno

Fresno
To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Fresno sightseeing website .

You can drive from San Francisco to Fresno in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In September, Fresno is somewhat warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 39°C and lows of 20°C. On the 6th (Fri), you're off toBakersfield.

Things to do in Fresno

Parks Outdoors Nature

1
night
Bakersfield

Bakersfield ©
Bakersfield is a city in California, United States, and the county seat of Kern County. On the 6th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, get engrossed in the history at Kern County Museum, then relax in the rural setting at Murray Family Farms, The Big Red Barn, then stop by California Fruit Depot, and finally see the interesting displays at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at California Area Living Museum (CALM) and then identify plant and animal life at Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bakersfield online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Fresno to Bakersfield takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Bakersfield

Parks Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area ©
California Fruit Depot ©
California Fruit Depot

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): examine the collection at The Getty Center, make a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, then put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory. Here are some ideas for day two: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, and then look for gifts at LA Farmers' Market.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip builder app .

You can drive from Bakersfield to Los Angeles in 2 hours. When traveling from Bakersfield in September, plan for slightly colder 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 on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Fun & Games Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
LA Farmers' Market ©
LA Farmers' Market
Room Escape Games
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter ©

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