21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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21 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Stockholm
Fly + Bus:  22​h 45​min
1
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Big Sur
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Stockholm

2
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to College of the Desert Street Fair and Desert Willow Golf Resort. Popular historic sites such as Keys Ranch and The River at Rancho Mirage are in your itinerary. Step out of Palm Springs to go to Joshua Tree National Park and see Barker Dam Trail, which is approximately 1h 15 min away.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Palm Springs vacation builder.

Stockholm, Sweden to Palm Springs is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Stockholm to Palm Springs due to the time zone difference. In October, Palm Springs is warmer than Stockholm - with highs of 38°C and lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Outdoors Golf Historic Sites

Side Trips

Palm Desert, Joshua Tree National Park, The River at Rancho Mirage
Highlights from your plan
Desert Willow Golf Resort ©
Desert Willow Golf Resort
Keys Ranch ©
Keys Ranch

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.
Get outdoors at La Jolla Shores Park and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seaport Village and Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool, appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, and enjoy the sea views from Old Point Loma Lighthouse.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego vacation planner.

You can drive from Palm Springs to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Palm Springs in October, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Old Point Loma Lighthouse ©
Old Point Loma Lighthouse
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Camarillo Premium Outlets and Crystal Cove. Visit The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens and Venice Canals Walkway for their historical value. There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, stop by The Original Farmers Market, and learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits & Museum.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles travel planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Crystal Cove, Camarillo Premium Outlets, The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Camarillo Premium Outlets ©
Camarillo Premium Outlets
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove

6
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pfeiffer State Beach and Point Sur State Historic Park. Step out of the city life by going to Partington Cove and Spyglass Hill Golf Course. Change things up with these side-trips from Big Sur: San Simeon (Hearst Ranch Winery Tasting Room & Sebastian General Store), Talbott Vineyards (in Carmel Valley) and Mission San Antonio de Padua (in Jolon). And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Coast Gallery Big Sur, admire the majestic nature at Andrew Molera State Park, browse the collection at Henry Miller Memorial Library, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Big Sur custom trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Los Angeles to Big Sur takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in November, with highs in Big Sur at 20°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to San Francisco.

Things to do in Big Sur

Outdoors Golf Parks

Side Trips

San Simeon, Pebble Beach, Mission San Antonio de Padua, Talbott Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Point Sur State Historic Park ©
Point Sur State Historic Park
Spyglass Hill Golf Course ©
Spyglass Hill Golf Course
The Links at Spanish Bay ©
The Links at Spanish Bay

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from the city and head to Bodega Head and Point Reyes Seashore National Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Oxbow Public Market and Pride Mountain Vineyards. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Big Basin Redwoods State Park in Boulder Creek, about 1h 15 min away. There's more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and look for gifts at Boudin Bistro.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Big Sur to San Francisco in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In November, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Pride Mountain Vineyards, Oxbow Public Market, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Bodega Head
Highlights from your plan
Big Basin Redwoods State Park ©
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Bodega Head ©
Bodega Head
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

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