20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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20 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Diego
1
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h
3
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Sacramento
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Santa Cruz
— 6 nights
Drive:  45​min
6
San Jose
— 1 night
End: San Jose

4
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.
You've now added Razor Point and Beach Trail Loop to your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Marston House Museum and Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. Shop till you drop at Gaslamp Quarter and Liberty Public Market. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove and get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Diego route maker site .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to San Diego. In August, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 68°F. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter

4
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.
You've added Malibu Lagoon State Beach, Hollywood Sign, Paramount Pictures Studio Tour, and other attractions to your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Griffith Observatory and The Hollywood Museum. Shop till you drop at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Hollywood & Highland. There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and get a taste of the local shopping with Two Rodeo Drive.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in August, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (84°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to San Jose.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Malibu Lagoon State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

1
night
San Jose

San Jose
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Los Angeles to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in San Jose when traveling from Los Angeles in August, with lows around 60°F. On the 17th (Sat), you're off toSacramento.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Outdoors Tours

3
nights
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mumm Napa and V. Sattui Winery. Appreciate the collections at California State Railroad Museum and California State Capitol Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sacramento: Oxbow Public Market (in Napa) and Beringer Vineyards (in St. Helena). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Crocker Art Museum, learn about winemaking at The Undergound Tasting Room, and see the interesting displays at Old Sacramento.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, read Sacramento trip itinerary planner.

Drive from San Jose to Sacramento in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Jose in August, expect nights in Sacramento to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 91°F. On the 20th (Tue), you're off toSanta Cruz.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums Shopping Wineries

Side Trips

St. Helena, Oxbow Public Market, Mumm Napa
Highlights from your plan
California State Capitol Museum ©
California State Capitol Museum
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum

6
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and National Steinbeck Center. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Point Lobos and Santa Cruz Harbor Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Monterey (Monterey Bay Aquarium & 17-Mile Drive) and AiX (in Sand City). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Pleasure Point Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Natural Bridges State Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Boardwalk's Cocoanut Grove, and go for a walk through Shark Fin Cove.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz vacation builder .

Getting from Sacramento to Santa Cruz by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Sacramento in August, plan for slightly colder days in Santa Cruz, with highs around 74°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Point Lobos, National Steinbeck Center, Shark Fin Cove, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

1
night
San Jose

San Jose
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): have fun and explore at Children's Discovery Museum and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose attractions planner .

You can drive from Santa Cruz to San Jose in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Cruz in August, you will find days in San Jose are a bit warmer (80°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Childrens Museums Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Children's Discovery Museum
Children's Discovery Museum
Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph ©
Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph

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