30 days in United States Itinerary

30 days in United States Itinerary

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30 days in United States Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
San Luis Obispo
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Bus:  45​min
5
Monterey
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: London

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Let the collections at Griffith Observatory and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum capture your imagination. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Simi Valley to see Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum about 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, take an in-depth tour of Autry Museum of the American West, see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, and explore the world behind art at Hammer Museum.

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London, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Los Angeles is minus 8 hours. Traveling from London in April, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Norton Simon Museum, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive Museum

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Carpinteria State Beach and Oxnard Beach Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like West kern oil museum and Old Mission Santa Barbara. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Barbara side-trips: Carhartt Vineyard (in Los Olivos), Elverhoj Museum (in Solvang) and Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Janeway-Parks Carriage House (in Santa Ynez). Dedicate the 27th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, learn about winemaking at Grassini Family Vineyards, examine the collection at Reagan Ranch Center, and take a stroll through State Street.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara road trip planning website .

Drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in April: high temperatures in Santa Barbara hover around 23°C and lows are around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Janeway-Parks Carriage House, Oxnard Beach Park, West kern oil museum, Carhartt Vineyard, Elverhoj Museum
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse
West kern oil museum ©
West kern oil museum

6
nights
San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo ©
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. Get some cultural insight at Studios on the Park and Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary). Get in touch with nature at Elephant Seal Rookery and Moonstone Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from San Luis Obispo: Paso Robles (Adelaida Cellars, JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery, & more), San Simeon (Piedras Blancas & William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach) and Moonstone Cellars (in Cambria). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock, see the interesting displays at Morro Bay State Park, learn about winemaking at Jack Creek Celllars, and take an in-depth tour of History Center and Museum of San Luis Obispo County.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Luis Obispo route planning app .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in San Luis Obispo can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Paso Robles, San Simeon, Morro Bay, Cambria, Jack Creek Celllars
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mission San Antonio de Padua and Coast Gallery Big Sur. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Pfeiffer State Beach. There's much more to do: hike along Partington Cove, immerse yourself in nature at Limekiln State Park, take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and take in the views from Bixby Bridge.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Big Sur trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Luis Obispo to Big Sur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Luis Obispo in May: highs in Big Sur hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Mission San Antonio de Padua
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park ©
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

5
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. You'll explore and learn at Colton Hall Museum and Sunset Cultural Center. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Point Lobos State Reserve and Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach. Step out of Monterey with an excursion to National Steinbeck Center in Salinas--about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive, take a stroll through Old Fisherman's Wharf, get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row, and enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Monterey driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Big Sur to Monterey in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove, National Steinbeck Center
Highlights from your plan
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Discover out-of-the-way places like California State Railroad Museum and Old Sacramento. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, approximately 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Exploratorium, admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum, wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and learn about all things military at USS Pampanito.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. May in San Francisco sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Nature

Side Trips

Sacramento, Castello di Amorosa, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum

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