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
1
San Diego
— 14 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Big Sur
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: San Diego

14
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Oceanside Pier and Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La Jolla Cove and South Carlsbad State Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Julian Historical Society (in Julian), Carlsbad (Carlsbad Village & Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park) and Encinitas (Moonlight State Beach & Moonlight Beach State Park). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo, admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our San Diego journey planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are San Diego International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport and Palm Springs International Airport. In August, daytime highs in San Diego are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Carlsbad, Encinitas, Coronado, Oceanside, Old Town Temecula
Highlights from your plan
Point Loma ©
Point Loma
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego

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.
On the 18th (Sun), find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in August, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

2
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): hike along Panorama Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Olmsted Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, and then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park road trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect cooler evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Los Angeles in August, with lows around 7°C. On the 22nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Bodega Dunes, indulge your taste buds at Castello di Amorosa, and then learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect nights in San Francisco to be a bit warmer, around 17°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Bodega Dunes, V. Sattui Winery, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

3
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 25th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the architecture and history at Mission San Antonio de Padua, admire the majestic nature at Limekiln State Park, and then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Big Sur journey planning site .

You can drive from San Francisco to Big Sur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. On the 28th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mission San Antonio de Padua
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Mission San Antonio de Padua ©
Mission San Antonio de Padua
Point Sur State Historic Park ©
Point Sur State Historic Park

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