26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Laguna Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Anaheim
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Santa Ana
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Malibu
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
5
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
6
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
7
West Hollywood
— 2 nights
8
West Hollywood
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
9
Napa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
10
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
12
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  15​min
13
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach ©
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Vindemia Vineyards & Winery, then learn about winemaking at Wiens Family Cellars, and then take a leisurely stroll along Oceanside Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Casa Romantica Cultural Center, then enjoy the sand and surf at San Clemente State Beach, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Laguna Beach online road trip planner .

San Diego to Laguna Beach is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in August, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Anaheim.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Dana Point, San Clemente, Temecula, Oceanside Pier
Highlights from your plan
San Clemente State Beach ©
San Clemente State Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Vindemia Estate Winery ©
Vindemia Estate Winery

1
night
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): kick back and relax at Seal Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Anaheim trip itinerary site .

Anaheim is just a stone's throw from Laguna Beach. When traveling from Laguna Beach in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Anaheim, with highs around 88°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Santa Ana.

Things to do in Anaheim

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Seal Beach
Highlights from your plan
Seal Beach ©
Seal Beach

1
day
Santa Ana

Santa Ana ©
Santa Ana is the county seat and second most populous city in Orange County, California. On the 20th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Marconi Automotive Museum, then wander the streets of Downtown Huntington Beach, and then stroll through Huntington Dog Beach.

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Santa Ana is just a short distance from Anaheim. When traveling from Anaheim in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Santa Ana: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Ana

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Huntington Beach, Marconi Automotive Museum
Highlights from your plan
Huntington Dog Beach ©
Huntington Dog Beach
Marconi Automotive  Museum ©
Marconi Automotive Museum

1
night
Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): stroll through Westward Beach, then do a tasting at Malibu Wines, and then wander the wide-open spaces of Paramount Ranch.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Malibu driving holiday tool .

You can drive from Santa Ana to Malibu in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Santa Ana, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Malibu, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Paramount Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Paramount Ranch ©
Paramount Ranch
Malibu Family Wines ©
Malibu Family Wines

1
night
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 22nd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Monica Beach and then get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Santa Monica journey planning site .

Santa Monica is very close to Malibu. August in Santa Monica sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors Beaches Nature
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

1
night
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.
On the 22nd (Wed), explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner .

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Santa Monica. When traveling from Santa Monica in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to West Hollywood.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Beaches Museums
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Hollywood Walk of Fame ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame

2
nights
West Hollywood

West Hollywood ©
West Hollywood, occasionally referred to locally as WeHo, is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Martial Arts History Museum. On your second day here, make a trip to Sunset Plaza, explore the striking landscape at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, and then do a tasting at Agua Dulce Vineyards.

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West Hollywood is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. When traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for a bit cooler days in West Hollywood, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to West Hollywood.

Things to do in West Hollywood

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Agua Dulce, Beverly Hills, Martial Arts History Museum
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Robinson Gardens ©
Virginia Robinson Gardens
Franklin Canyon Park ©
Franklin Canyon Park
Martial Arts History Museum ©
Martial Arts History Museum

3
nights
West Hollywood

West Hollywood ©
On the 26th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Greystone Mansion, wander the streets of Rodeo Drive, and then make a splash at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Sunset Strip and then stroll through Prime Desert Woodland Preserve.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the West Hollywood trip planner .

On the 28th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Napa.

Things to do in West Hollywood

Shopping Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Beverly Hills, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Prime Desert Woodland Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Rodeo Drive ©
Rodeo Drive
Prime Desert Woodland Preserve ©
Prime Desert Woodland Preserve
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor ©
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

2
nights
Napa

Napa ©
Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Safari West, learn about winemaking at Vincent Arroyo Winery, and then learn about winemaking at V. Sattui. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa, then learn about winemaking at Joseph Phelps Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at Hendry Ranch Wines.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Napa online trip itinerary builder .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and subway from West Hollywood to Napa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and subway; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Napa when traveling from West Hollywood in August, with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

St. Helena, Calistoga, Safari West
Highlights from your plan
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Safari West ©
Safari West
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and The Embarcadero. Visit San Gregorio State Beach and Limantour Beach for some beach relaxation. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Boulder Creek to see Big Basin Redwoods State Park about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: have fun and explore at Exploratorium, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, kick back and relax at Point Isabel, and examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the San Francisco online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Napa to San Francisco takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or do a combination of bus and ferry. While traveling from Napa, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Limantour Beach, San Gregorio State Beach, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Point Isabel
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
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 4th (Tue): hike along Partington Cove, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then immerse yourself in nature at Limekiln State Park, and finally kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Coast Gallery Big Sur, immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and then immerse yourself in nature at Andrew Molera State Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Big Sur trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Big Sur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect nights in Big Sur to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are slightly colder, around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

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nights
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. Bring the kids along to Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and Point Lobos State Reserve. Talbott Vineyards and San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at China Cove and Gibson Beach, take a stroll through Ocean Avenue, and tee off at Poppy Hills Golf Course.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Carmel attractions planner.

Getting from Big Sur to Carmel by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in September, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Pebble Beach, Talbott Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

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nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Marina State Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Point Pinos Lighthouse, and then kick back and relax at Lovers Point. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Pinnacles National Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey tour itinerary site .

Monterey is very close to Carmel. In September in Monterey, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 55°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Marina State Beach, Pinnacles National Park
Highlights from your plan
Pinnacles National Park ©
Pinnacles National Park
Marina State Beach ©
Marina State Beach
Point Pinos Lighthouse ©
Point Pinos Lighthouse

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