8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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Wawona
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Santa Cruz
— 1 day
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Monterey
— Few hours
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Big Sur
— 1 night
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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Wawona

Wawona is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Pioneer Yosemite History Center. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Ansel Adams Gallery, get great views at Valley View, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Wawona tour itinerary planning website.

Los Angeles to Wawona is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: highs in Wawona hover around 97°F, while lows dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Wawona

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Mumm Napafor some retail therapy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and VJB Cellars. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Bodega to see Bodega Dunes about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco journey planning website.

You can drive from Wawona to San Francisco in 4 hours. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Wawona in August: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Wineries

Side Trips

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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.
On the 28th (Wed), engage your brain at Seymour Marine Discovery Center and then learn about winemaking at MJA Vineyards.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Santa Cruz trip planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Santa Cruz by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August in Santa Cruz, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Wineries

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Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): look for gifts at AiX.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Monterey road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Monterey takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Monterey, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Shopping

Side Trip

1
night
Big Sur

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 29th (Thu), admire the majestic nature at Limekiln State Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, and then shop like a local with Coast Gallery Big Sur.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Big Sur trip maker tool.

You can drive from Monterey to Big Sur in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): kick back and relax at East Beach, then kick back and relax at Butterfly Beach, and then take a stroll through State Street Underpass.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Big Sur to Santa Barbara in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Big Sur in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.