7 days in United States Itinerary

7 days in United States Itinerary

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7 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  8​h
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Malibu
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Santa Barbara
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Big Sur
— Few hours
bus:  1​h
6
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
7
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
8
San Jose
— Few hours
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Newark

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.
You've added Hollywood Sign, Venice Beach and Boardwalk, The Getty Center, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 22nd (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Boulevard, and then make a trip to Hollywood Sign.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles journey builder tool .

Newark to Los Angeles is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Malibu.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Hollywood Boulevard ©
Hollywood Boulevard
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

few
hours
Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. You've now added El Matador State Beach to your itinerary.

Plan a trip to Malibu easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Malibu in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of tram and bus; or take a bus. May in Malibu sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 58°F at night. On the 24th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
El Matador State Beach ©
El Matador State Beach

few
hours
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.
To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara online trip builder .

You can drive from Malibu to Santa Barbara in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Malibu in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Santa Barbara, with lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to San Simeon.
Highlights from your plan
Moreton Bay Fig Tree ©
Moreton Bay Fig Tree

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive 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.
You've now added Hearst Castle to your itinerary.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Simeon trip itinerary app .

Getting from Santa Barbara to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in May, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Simeon

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan

few
hours
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes McWay Falls.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Big Sur online tour planner .

Drive from San Simeon to Big Sur in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Simeon in May: highs in Big Sur hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Monterey.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park ©
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lovers Point as well as Monterey Bay Aquarium. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point, then make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Monterey trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by bus from Big Sur to Monterey takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

1
night
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz trip planner .

Traveling by car from Monterey to Santa Cruz takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 49°F. You will leave for San Jose on the 27th (Mon).

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Shark Fin Cove
Highlights from your plan
Shark Fin Cove ©
Shark Fin Cove

few
hours
San Jose

San Jose
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
To find out how to plan a trip to San Jose, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Santa Cruz to San Jose in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. On the 27th (Mon), you're off tohome.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Outdoors Tours

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