33 days in United States Itinerary

33 days in United States Itinerary

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33 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Jose
1
San Jose
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Morro Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Pismo Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
7
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
9
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
10
Half Moon Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
11
Sausalito
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
12
San Jose
— 3 nights
End: San Jose

7
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San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Discover out-of-the-way places like New Brighton State Beach and Winchester Mystery House. You'll get in some beach time at Goat Rock Beaches and Seacliff State Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (in Santa Cruz), Shark Fin Cove (in Davenport) and Rio Del Mar State Beach (in Aptos). There's much more to do: see the sky in a new way at Lick Observatory, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, hike along Los Gatos Creek Trail, and take a stroll through Willow Glen.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose trip planner.

If you are flying in from United Arab Emirates, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport and Metropolitan Oakland International Airport. May in San Jose sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Aptos, Santa Clara, Lick Observatory, Goat Rock Beaches, New Brighton State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Seacliff State Beach ©
Seacliff State Beach
New Brighton State Beach ©
New Brighton State Beach
Goat Rock Beaches ©
Goat Rock Beaches

2
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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. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): walk around Dennis the Menace Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point, and then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach. On the next day, kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Carmel vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from San Jose to Carmel in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from San Jose in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Big Sur, Dennis the Menace Park
Highlights from your plan
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

2
nights
Morro Bay

Morro Bay ©
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. On the 30th (Thu), do a tasting at J Dusi Winery. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Morro Strand State Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Morro Bay National Estuary, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Morro Bay trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Morro Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Carmel, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Morro Bay, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

J Dusi Winery
Highlights from your plan
Morro Strand State Beach ©
Morro Strand State Beach
J Dusi Winery ©
J Dusi Winery
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock

3
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Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take in the waterfront at Pismo Pier. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Talley Vineyards, then kick back and relax at Eldwaylen Ocean Park, then stroll around Dinosaur Caves Park, and finally do a tasting at Sans Liege Wines.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Pismo Beach route maker website .

Pismo Beach is very close to Morro Bay. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Parks Beaches Wineries

Side Trips

Alapay Cellars, Talley Vineyards, Fisherman's Beach
Highlights from your plan
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Talley Vineyards ©
Talley Vineyards
Sans Liege Wines ©
Sans Liege Wines

1
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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.
On the 4th (Tue), learn about all things military at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Carpinteria State Beach, and then stroll around Arroyo Burro County Beach Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): kick back and relax at Mandalay State Beach, stroll around Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, and then do a tasting at Margerum Wine Company.

To find out how to plan a trip to Santa Barbara, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Pismo Beach, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mandalay State Beach, Carpinteria State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Arroyo Burro County Beach Park ©
Arroyo Burro County Beach Park
Mandalay State Beach ©
Mandalay State Beach

3
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 your second day here, get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, then get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, and finally hunt for treasures at Santa Monica Farmers Market.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Santa Monica travel website .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Santa Monica are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Malibu
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
El Matador State Beach ©
El Matador State Beach
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood. On the next day, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, don't miss a visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, then put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles route builder .

Los Angeles is very close to Santa Monica. Traveling from Santa Monica in June, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

2
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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.
Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Cloud's Rest, get great views at Valley View, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park vacation maker .

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. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, Yosemite National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
On the 13th (Thu), explore and take pictures at Tahoe Trout Farm, tour the pleasant surroundings at Baldwin Beach, then get your game on at Magic Carpet Golf, and finally stroll through Lakeside Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Rubicon Trail.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe road trip website .

Take a bus from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 6.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in South Lake Tahoe are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Half Moon Bay.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Magic Carpet Golf ©
Magic Carpet Golf
Tahoe Trout Farm ©
Tahoe Trout Farm

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Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay ©
Half Moon Bay is a coastal city in San Mateo County, California, United States. On the 15th (Sat), kick back and relax at Francis Beach, then kick back and relax at Mavericks, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Half Moon Bay Distillery, and finally admire all the interesting features of Arata Pumkin Farm. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Naples Beach, then make a trip to Pillar Point Harbor, and then admire the majestic nature at Gray Whale Cove State Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Half Moon Bay trip planner .

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Half Moon Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in June, expect nights in Half Moon Bay to be somewhat warmer, around 12°C, while days are slightly colder, around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sausalito.

Things to do in Half Moon Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Francis Beach ©
Francis Beach
Gray Whale Cove State Beach ©
Gray Whale Cove State Beach
Half Moon Bay Distillery ©
Half Moon Bay Distillery

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Sausalito

Sausalito ©
Sausalito is a city in Marin County, California. On the 17th (Mon), take some stellar pictures from Vista Point, then enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach State Park, and then get your game on at Bad Axe Throwing. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Rodeo Beach, then make a trip to Fort Cronkhite, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Muir Beach.

To find reviews and tourist information, use the Sausalito trip tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Half Moon Bay to Sausalito in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Half Moon Bay in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sausalito, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to San Jose.

Things to do in Sausalito

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Daly City, Muir Beach, Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Rodeo Beach ©
Rodeo Beach
Muir Beach
Muir Beach
Thornton Beach State Park ©
Thornton Beach State Park

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San Jose

San Jose ©
On the 19th (Wed), explore and take pictures at Avaya Stadium. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Municipal Stadium, then have fun and explore at Junior Museum & Zoo, and then appreciate the history behind Google Android Lawn Statues.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Jose trip planning website .

You can drive from Sausalito to San Jose in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a subway. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sausalito in June: highs in San Jose hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 16°C. You'll set off for home on the 22nd (Sat).

Things to do in San Jose

Fun & Games Parks Nature

Side Trips

Fremont, Junior Museum & Zoo, Google Android Lawn Statues, iFLY
Highlights from your plan
iFLY ©
iFLY
Junior Museum & Zoo ©
Junior Museum & Zoo
Ardenwood Historic Farm ©
Ardenwood Historic Farm

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