21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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21 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Dunedin
Fly:  19​h
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Las Vegas
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Big Sur
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
St. Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Dunedin

2
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, experience the excitement of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles journey planner .

Dunedin, New Zealand to Los Angeles is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -20 hour difference. In May, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and finally hunt for treasures at Santa Monica Farmers Market.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Santa Monica trip itinerary tool .

Santa Monica is just a short distance from Los Angeles. In May, daytime highs in Santa Monica are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping Beaches Outdoors
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Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo, then take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf, then enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and finally take a stroll through State Street Underpass.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara online vacation 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 May, plan for little chillier nights in Santa Barbara, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Historic Sites Parks
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

7
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Las Vegas: Boulder City (Winged Figures of the Republic Statues & Hoover Dam) and Valley of Fire State Park (in Overton). Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, try to win big at Casino At The Venetian, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Santa Barbara to Las Vegas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in May: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 36°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Tours Fun & Games

Side Trips

Boulder City, Valley of Fire State Park
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

1
day
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, and then take in the views from Bixby Bridge.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Big Sur trip planner .

Fly from Las Vegas to Big Sur in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in June; daily highs in Big Sur reach 23°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Big Sur

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

1
night
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
On the 3rd (Wed), immerse yourself in nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, then go for a stroll along the water at Santa Cruz Harbor, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Santa Cruz trip planner .

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Santa Cruz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Santa Cruz are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

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
Santa Cruz Harbor ©
Santa Cruz Harbor

2
nights
St. Helena

The city of St.
On the 4th (Thu), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars, and then do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our St. Helena road trip site .

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to St. Helena takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. When traveling from Santa Cruz in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in St. Helena, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours Wineries

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
V. Sattui Winery ©
V. Sattui Winery

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Exploratorium and then stroll around Golden Gate Park.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco sightseeing planning site .

You can drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. When traveling from St. Helena in June, plan for slightly colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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