26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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Start: Charlotte
Fly:  7 h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  45 min
2
Half Moon Bay
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
3
Davenport
— Few hours
Drive:  30 min
4
Santa Cruz
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
5
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  15 min
6
Carmel
— 1 night
Bus:  30 min
7
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
San Simeon
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
9
San Luis Obispo
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
10
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
11
Santa Monica
— 5 nights
Drive:  45 min
12
Long Beach
— Few hours
Drive:  45 min
13
Huntington Beach
— Few hours
Bus:  15 min
14
Newport Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
15
San Diego
— 9 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Charlotte

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Aquarium of the Bay, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco Botanical Garden, and other attractions you added. It doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden and take a stroll through Union Square.

Plan my day in San Francisco using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Charlotte to San Francisco is an approximately 7- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Charlotte to San Francisco. Traveling from Charlotte in June, expect San Francisco to be a bit cooler, temps between 71°F and 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Half Moon Bay.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
San Francisco Botanical Garden ©
San Francisco Botanical Garden
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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hours
Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay
Half Moon Bay is a coastal city in San Mateo County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): stroll through Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Half Moon Bay online travel route planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in June, you will find days in Half Moon Bay are slightly colder (60°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). On the 29th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Davenport.

Things to do in Half Moon Bay

Trails Outdoors Parks

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hours
Davenport

Davenport ©
Davenport is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Cruz County, California. Shark Fin Cove has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): go for a walk through Shark Fin Cove and then stroll through Davenport Landing Beach.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Davenport online trip builder.

Drive from Half Moon Bay to Davenport in an hour. While traveling from Half Moon Bay, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Davenport, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Davenport

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Shark Fin Cove ©
Shark Fin Cove

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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.
On the 29th (Tue), make a trip to S.S. Palo Alto Concrete Ship.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz trip builder.

Santa Cruz is just a stone's throw from Davenport. In June, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Monterey.
Highlights from your plan
S.S. Palo Alto Concrete Ship ©
S.S. Palo Alto Concrete Ship

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night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): explore the activities along Monterey Bay, then admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and finally visit Old Fisherman's Wharf.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey journey planning site.

Getting from Santa Cruz to Monterey by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Cheese Shop. On the 30th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Bird Rock Vista Point.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Carmel travel itinerary planner.

Carmel is very close to Monterey. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in June, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Bird Rock Vista Point
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel Beach Boardwalk ©
Carmel Beach Boardwalk
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

1
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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 1st (Thu): get great views at Rocky Creek Bridge and then take in the views from Bixby Bridge.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Big Sur journey builder.

Getting from Carmel to Big Sur by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In July in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park ©
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

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hours
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): get great views at Ragged Point Overlook.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Simeon attractions planner.

You can drive from Big Sur to San Simeon in 2 hours. When traveling from Big Sur in July, plan for much warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 94°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Luis Obispo.
Highlights from your plan
Ragged Point Overlook ©
Ragged Point Overlook

1
night
San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. To find reviews and tourist information, go to the San Luis Obispo route planner.

Drive from San Simeon to San Luis Obispo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Luis Obispo: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 56°F at night. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Wineries Outdoors Parks

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night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): cruise along State Street Underpass, admire the natural beauty at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, learn more about the world around you at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, then take in nature's colorful creations at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, and finally walk around Alameda Park.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara day trip planning app.

Drive from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from San Luis Obispo in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens ©
Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ©
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Santa Barbara Museum of Art ©
Santa Barbara Museum of Art

5
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.
You've now added Santa Monica Pier to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Montana Avenue, examine the collection at The Getty Villa, stroll around Ocean View Park, and get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Santa Monica online journey planner.

Drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Santa Monica are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. You'll set off for Long Beach on the 9th (Fri).

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping Parks Beaches

Side Trip

The Getty Villa
Highlights from your plan
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Montana Avenue ©
Montana Avenue

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hours
Long Beach

Long Beach ©
Long Beach has long been overshadowed by its bigger and more famous neighbor known as the City of Angels.
On the 9th (Fri), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium of the Pacific.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Long Beach day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Long Beach takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a tram; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santa Monica in July: highs in Long Beach hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Huntington Beach.

Things to do in Long Beach

Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Aquarium of the Pacific ©
Aquarium of the Pacific

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hours
Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach
Huntington Beach is a seaside city in Orange County in Southern California. For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Huntington Beach online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Long Beach to Huntington Beach in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 67°F. On the 9th (Fri), you'll travel to Newport Beach.

Things to do in Huntington Beach

Outdoors Parks Tours

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Newport Beach

Newport Beach ©
City beaches line the coast from the Balboa Peninsula to the Santa Ana River in Newport Beach.
On the 10th (Sat), step off the mainland to explore Balboa Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Newport Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Crystal Cove, then walk around Heisler Park, and finally kick back and relax at Main Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Mission San Juan Capistrano, take in the waterfront at San Clemente Pier, take a leisurely stroll along Dana Point Harbor, then enjoy the sand and surf at Victoria Beach, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Virga Gallery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Newport Beach sightseeing site.

Newport Beach is just a stone's throw from Huntington Beach. In July, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Newport Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Laguna Beach, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point Harbor, San Clemente Pier
Highlights from your plan
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach
Heisler Park ©
Heisler Park
Dana Point Harbor ©
Dana Point Harbor

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes San Diego Natural History Museum, Torrey Pines State Beach, Coronado Beach, and other attractions you added. Get out of town with these interesting San Diego side-trips: California Wolf Center (in Julian) and Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine). There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, and admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego tour planner.

Traveling by car from Newport Beach to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In July in San Diego, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 68°F at night. On the 21st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Coronado, California Wolf Center, Lions, Tigers & Bears, San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Highlights from your plan
AxeVentures ©
AxeVentures
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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