40 days in United States Itinerary

40 days in United States Itinerary

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San Diego
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Los Angeles
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Santa Monica
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Santa Barbara
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Solvang
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Cambria
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San Simeon
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Monterey
— 3 nights
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Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
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San Jose
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Yosemite National Park
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Mammoth Lakes
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Death Valley National Park
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Death Valley Junction
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Springdale
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San Diego

San Diego ©

America's Finest City

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to La Jolla Shores Park and Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas) and Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine). Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, head off the coast to Coronado Island, gain insight at Torrey Pines Gliderport, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Coronado Beach.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego online trip maker.

Perth, Australia to San Diego is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 16 hours. When traveling from Perth in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Diego, with highs around 29°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

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Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial ©
Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens and Huntington Beach Pier. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Balboa Island (in Newport Beach), Heisler Park (in Laguna Beach) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Hollywood Bowl Museum and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles road trip planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in August: highs in Los Angeles hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Heisler Park ©
Heisler Park

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Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

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 the 7th (Sat), indulge your senses at Malibu Wine Safaris, examine the collection at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, and then kick back and relax at Santa Monica Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, then go for a walk through 26-Mile Bike Path, then don't miss a visit to Two Rodeo Drive, and finally shop like a local with Third Street Promenade.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Monica trip itinerary planning app.

Santa Monica is very close to Los Angeles. When traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Santa Monica: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Monica

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26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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Santa Barbara

The American Riviera

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take a leisurely stroll along Santa Barbara Harbor and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Santa Barbara County Courthouse, then get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo, and then get some fabulous bargains at Camarillo Premium Outlets.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara travel planner.

Drive from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Monica in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Santa Barbara, with lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Solvang.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Shopping · Parks

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Wine Tours & Tastings
Santa Barbara Harbor ©
Santa Barbara Harbor
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

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Solvang

Solvang ©
Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): make a trip to Arroyo Hondo Vista Point, examine the collection at Elverhoj Museum, then stroll around Hans Christian Andersen Park, and finally learn the secrets of beer at Silk Road Transportation and Wine Tours.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Solvang day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Solvang takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in August, you will find days in Solvang are a bit warmer (35°C), and nights are a bit cooler (14°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Solvang

Outdoors · Museums · Transportation · Wineries

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Silk Road Transportation and Wine Tours ©
Silk Road Transportation and Wine Tours
Arroyo Hondo Vista Point ©
Arroyo Hondo Vista Point
Elverhoj Museum ©
Elverhoj Museum

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Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): stroll the grounds of Cambria Cemetery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, then cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, and finally stroll around Shamel Park.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cambria road trip website.

Traveling by car from Solvang to Cambria takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Solvang in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Cambria, with highs around 40°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Cambria

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Scenic Drive
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Moonstone Beach Dr ©
Moonstone Beach Dr
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Shamel Park ©
Shamel Park

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San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arriveĀ 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.
On the 13th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, get great views at Ragged Point Overlook, then look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Simeon vacation builder site.

San Simeon is very close to Cambria. In August, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Ragged Point Overlook ©
Ragged Point Overlook

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Explore hidden gems such as Monterey Bay Kayaks and McWay Falls. Explore Monterey's surroundings by going to Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Pfeiffer State Beach, &more). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, and admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Monterey online itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in August, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are colder, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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Monterey Bay Kayaks ©
Monterey Bay Kayaks
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): cruise along West Cliff Drive, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then get in on the family fun at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Natural Bridges State Beach, and then take in the waterfront at Santa Cruz Wharf.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Santa Cruz takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors · Parks · Theme Parks · Beaches

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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk ©
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Santa Cruz Wharf ©
Santa Cruz Wharf

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San Jose

San Jose

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to San Jose takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Santa Cruz in August, plan for a bit warmer days in San Jose, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. On the 19th (Thu), you'll travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nightlife

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and San Francisco Bay. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, see the interesting displays at Walt Disney Family Museum, and stroll through Lands End.

To find out how to plan a trip to San Francisco, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from San Jose to San Francisco takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. When traveling from San Jose in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Wine Tours & Tastings

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Point and El Capitan. Go for a jaunt from Yosemite National Park to Bridgeport to see Bodie State Historic Park about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and trek along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 7°C. On the 28th (Sat), you'll travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

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Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Explore hidden gems such as Devils Postpile National Monument and General Sherman Tree. Venture out of the city with trips to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park (Giant Forest, Moro Rock Trail, &more). The adventure continues: hike along Crystal Lake trail, admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, and sample the fine beverages at Shelter Distilling.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mammoth Lakes trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes takes 3.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Mammoth Lakes can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

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Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Devils Postpile National Monument ©
Devils Postpile National Monument
Moro Rock Trail ©
Moro Rock Trail

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and then go deep underground at Eureka Mine. On the next day, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, and then make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip builder tool.

You can drive from Mammoth Lakes to Death Valley National Park in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in August, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are somewhat warmer (43°C), and nights are warmer (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Death Valley Junction.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Devil's Golf Course ©
Devil's Golf Course

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Death Valley Junction

Death Valley Junction ©
Death Valley Junction is a tiny Mojave Desert community in unincorporated community Inyo County, California, at the intersection of SR 190 and SR 127, just east of Death Valley National Park. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Dublin Gulch.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley Junction journey planner.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Death Valley Junction takes 1.5 hours. September in Death Valley Junction sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 20°C at night. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Springdale.

Things to do in Death Valley Junction

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Dublin Gulch ©
Dublin Gulch

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Springdale

Springdale ©
Located just outside Zion National Park, Springdale's 600 residents welcome thousands of visitors a year to their tiny town.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Narrows and Zion's Main Canyon. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Observation Point, hike along Angel's Landing, take in the exciting artwork at Worthington Gallery, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Springdale route builder website.

Traveling by car from Death Valley Junction to Springdale takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Death Valley Junction to Springdale. In September, Springdale is little chillier than Death Valley Junction - with highs of 34°C and lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Springdale

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

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The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Observation Point
Observation Point
Zion's Main Canyon ©
Zion's Main Canyon

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