7 days in United States Itinerary

7 days in United States Itinerary

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7 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
4
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Phoenix

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. Appreciate the collections at Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve in Guerneville--about 1h 40 min away. There's more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf and make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco road trip website .

Phoenix to San Francisco is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Phoenix to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Phoenix in February, plan for a bit cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 62°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
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 ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara online trip builder .

Fly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. March in Santa Barbara sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum ©
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

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 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then make a trip to Abbot Kinney Boulevard, then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally make a trip to Montana Avenue.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planner .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

1
night
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.
On the 6th (Fri), kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, then see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Diego holiday builder website .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in March, you will find days in San Diego are slightly colder (69°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter

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