8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Drive:  5​h
1
Wawona
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Santa Cruz
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
4
Monterey
— Few hours
bus:  45​min
5
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

2
nights
Wawona

Wawona ©
Wawona is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): admire all the interesting features of Pioneer Yosemite History Center. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Ansel Adams Gallery, then take some stellar pictures from Valley View, and then identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Wawona online day trip planner .

Los Angeles to Wawona is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. When traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Wawona, with highs around 97°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Wawona

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Pioneer Yosemite History Center ©
Pioneer Yosemite History Center
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Ansel Adams Gallery ©
Ansel Adams Gallery

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Mumm Napa and Ferry Building Marketplacefor plenty of shopping. Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: VJB Cellars (in Kenwood) and Bodega Dunes (in Bodega).

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Wawona to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Wawona in August: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Bodega Dunes, VJB Cellars, Mumm Napa
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Seymour Marine Discovery Center and then learn about winemaking at MJA Vineyards.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Santa Cruz vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from San Francisco to Santa Cruz in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Santa Cruz sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Wineries Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Seymour Marine Discovery Center ©
Seymour Marine Discovery Center
MJA Vineyards ©
MJA Vineyards

few
hours
Monterey

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

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Monterey planning tool .

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Monterey in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Shopping

Side Trip

AiX

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Limekiln State Park, kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, and then view the masterpieces at Coast Gallery Big Sur.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Big Sur trip itinerary app .

Take a bus from Monterey to Big Sur in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Big Sur are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 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 Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Limekiln State Park ©
Limekiln State Park

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.
On the 30th (Fri), kick back and relax at East Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Butterfly Beach, and then take a stroll through State Street Underpass.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Santa Barbara takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. When traveling from Big Sur in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 76°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Butterfly Beach
Highlights from your plan
East Beach ©
East Beach
Butterfly Beach ©
Butterfly Beach

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