24 days in United States Itinerary

24 days in United States Itinerary

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24 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Long Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Wawona
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
El Portal
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Monterey
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
9
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
10
San Francisco
— 4 nights
End: San Francisco

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hollywood Sign as well as Paramount Pictures Studio Tour. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, get curious at California Science Center, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles holiday planner.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport, Ontario International Airport and San Bernardino International Airport. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Long Beach.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
California Science Center ©
California Science Center

2
nights
Long Beach

Long Beach ©
Long Beach has long been overshadowed by its bigger and more famous neighbor known as the City of Angels.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kayaks on the Water. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): browse the different shops at Shoreline Village. Keep things going the next day: grab your bike and head to Long Beach Waterfront.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Long Beach trip planner .

Long Beach is just a short distance from Los Angeles. In July, daily temperatures in Long Beach can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Long Beach

Outdoors Parks Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Long Beach Waterfront ©
Long Beach Waterfront
Kayaks on the Water ©
Kayaks on the Water
Aquarium of the Pacific ©
Aquarium of the Pacific

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.
On the 7th (Tue), take in the pleasant sights at 26-Mile Bike Path, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, and finally make a trip to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the different shops at Third Street Promenade.

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You can drive from Long Beach to Santa Monica in an hour. Other options are to ride a tram; or take a bus. Traveling from Long Beach in July, you will find days in Santa Monica are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). On the 8th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path

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.
You've now added Santa Barbara Harbor to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in the waterfront at Santa Barbara Harbor and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo, take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf, enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, then take a stroll through State Street Underpass, and finally do a tasting at Margerum Wine Company.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip site .

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Santa Barbara when traveling from Santa Monica in July, with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo
Stearns Wharf ©
Stearns Wharf

1
night
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
You've added Mt. Whitney, Hume Lake, Grizzly Falls, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 11th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, then admire all the interesting features of Generals Hwy, and finally trek along Congress Trail. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt. Whitney, contemplate the waterfront views at Hume Lake, and then take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. When traveling from Santa Barbara in July, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 43°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wawona.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Congress Trail ©
Congress Trail

3
nights
Wawona

Wawona ©
Wawona is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. Wawona is known for nature and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, and stroll around Mariposa Grove.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Wawona online route planner .

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Wawona by car takes about 3.5 hours. July in Wawona sees daily highs of 43°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Wawona

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

2
nights
El Portal

El Portal ©
El Portal is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. Your list of things to see and do now includes Valley View, Cloud's Rest, Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, take in the dramatic natural features at Half Dome, and then take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cloud's Rest, and finally take some stellar pictures from Valley View.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read El Portal trip planning site .

You can drive from Wawona to El Portal in 1.5 hours. July in El Portal sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Monterey.

Things to do in El Portal

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Taft Point ©
Taft Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Monterey Bay Kayaks has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take a tour by water with Monterey Bay Kayaks, observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. On your second day here, grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Monterey trip planner .

Traveling by car from El Portal to Monterey takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from El Portal in July, you will find days in Monterey are cooler (24°C), and nights are little chillier (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Big Sur. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Big Sur, enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally stroll through Partington Cove.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Big Sur attractions planner.

You can take a bus from Monterey to Big Sur in an hour. Another option is to drive. July in Big Sur sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Partington Cove ©
Partington Cove
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

4
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 San Francisco with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, make a trip to Lombard Street, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, and walk around Golden Gate Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco tour builder tool .

Drive from Big Sur to San Francisco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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