8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 1 night
train:  30​min
5
Anaheim
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Houston

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, play a few rounds at Lincoln Park, and then take a stroll through Twin Peaks. On your second day here, go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf and then contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco journey planner.

Houston to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Houston to San Francisco, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Houston in July; daily highs in San Francisco reach 73°F and lows reach 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Filbert Street Stairs ©
Filbert Street Stairs

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 6th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Monterey road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Nature Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Point Lobos
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

3
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Take a break from the city and head to Panorama Trail and Tuolumne Meadows. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip maker .

Getting from Monterey to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from Monterey in July, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

1
night
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 10th (Wed), admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally get your game on at Virtual Room Los Angeles.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles route planning site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can take a train to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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night
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Anaheim day trip planning site .

Anaheim is very close to Los Angeles. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

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