8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Fly + subway + bus:  12​h 15​min
1
Half Moon Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Fort Bragg
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Muir Beach
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay ©
Half Moon Bay is a coastal city in San Mateo County, California, United States. On the 20th (Wed), take in the architecture and design of Stanford University, then identify plant and animal life at Don Edwards San Francisco National Wildlife Refuge, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Big Basin Redwoods State Park. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Filoli, delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, and then stroll through Half Moon Bay State Beach.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Half Moon Bay tour itinerary planner .

New York City to Half Moon Bay is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from New York City to Half Moon Bay, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in May, things will get slightly colder in Half Moon Bay: highs are around 59°F and lows about 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Half Moon Bay

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Stanford University, Muir Woods National Monument, Don Edwards San Francisco National Wildlife Refuge, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Filoli
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Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Stanford University ©
Stanford University
Big Basin Redwoods State Park ©
Big Basin Redwoods State Park

1
night
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take in the views from Albion River Bridge, look for gifts at Mendocino Jams & Preserves, then cruise along Mendocino Coast, then take in nature's colorful creations at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, and finally kick back and relax at Glass Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Fort Bragg trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Half Moon Bay to Fort Bragg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of subway, train, and bus. Traveling from Half Moon Bay in May, you will find days in Fort Bragg are somewhat warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Muir Beach.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Mendocino, Albion River Bridge
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Mendocino Coast ©
Mendocino Coast
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ©
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach

1
night
Muir Beach

Muir Beach ©
Muir Beach is a census designated place (CDP), unincorporated community, and beach that is located 16.5mi northwest of San Francisco in western Marin County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands and then identify plant and animal life at Green Gulch Farm.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Muir Beach attractions planner.

You can drive from Fort Bragg to Muir Beach in 3.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Fort Bragg in May: highs in Muir Beach hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Muir Beach

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
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Green Gulch Farm ©
Green Gulch Farm
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Keep things going the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo, take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, then take in panoramic vistas at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with State Street Underpass.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara route maker tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Muir Beach to Santa Barbara. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Historic Sites Parks
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

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