8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Hawthorne
Drive:  1​h 45​min
1
Ventura
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
End: San Francisco

1
night
Ventura

Ventura ©
Ventura, officially the City of San Buenaventura, is the county seat of Ventura County, California, United States. On the 30th (Wed), immerse yourself in nature at Carpinteria State Beach, then stroll through Cabrillo Bike Path, and then make a trip to Moreton Bay Fig Tree. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Point Mugu State Park and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santa Monica Mountains.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ventura trip planner.

Hawthorne to Ventura is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. January in Ventura sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Ventura

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Barbara, Point Mugu State Park, Santa Monica Mountains, Carpinteria State Beach
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Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
Point Mugu State Park ©
Point Mugu State Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center and then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Ventura to Los Angeles takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in January, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

1
night
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
On the 3rd (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, then trek along Los Gatos Creek Trail, and finally contemplate the long history of Winchester Mystery House.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in February: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 65°F and lows are around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Winchester Mystery House ©
Winchester Mystery House
Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph ©
Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and then don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Monterey trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from San Jose to Monterey in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in February, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Point Lobos
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Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Park. On the next day, make a trip to Lombard Street, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, then explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, and finally browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner .

Getting from Monterey to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and train. February in San Francisco sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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