9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Diego
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Laguna Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Newport Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
4
Long Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

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nights
San Diego

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
For shopping fun, head to Seaport Village or Catalina Offshore Products. Get some cultural insight at USS Midway Museum and Point Loma. Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Oceanside to see Oceanside Pier about 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, and make a trip to Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Diego trip planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to San Diego. In August, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in San Diego

Historic Sites Shopping Tours

Side Trip

Oceanside Pier
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Loma ©
Point Loma
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach ©
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): examine the collection at Mission San Juan Capistrano, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Aliso Beach Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Laguna Beach trip builder site .

You can drive from San Diego to Laguna Beach in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Laguna Beach are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Newport Beach.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mission San Juan Capistrano, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove

1
night
Newport Beach

City beaches line the coast from the Balboa Peninsula to the Santa Ana River in Newport Beach.
On the 13th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For maps and tourist information, read our Newport Beach trip maker app .

Newport Beach is very close to Laguna Beach. In August, daytime highs in Newport Beach are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Long Beach.

Things to do in Newport Beach

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach
Sherman Library & Gardens ©
Sherman Library & Gardens

1
night
Long Beach

Long Beach ©
Long Beach has long been overshadowed by its bigger and more famous neighbor known as the City of Angels.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): kick back and relax at Seal Beach, examine the collection at The Queen Mary, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Deane Dana Friendship Park and Nature Center.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Long Beach journey builder site .

Long Beach is very close to Newport Beach. In August in Long Beach, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Long Beach

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Deane Dana Friendship Park and Nature Center, Seal Beach
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The Queen Mary ©
The Queen Mary

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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 16th (Fri), take a stroll through State Street Underpass, enjoy the sand and surf at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Douglas Family Preserve, and finally learn about winemaking at Margerum Wine Company.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip itinerary website .

Getting from Long Beach to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Long Beach in August, with highs in Santa Barbara at 76°F and lows at 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Douglas Family Preserve ©
Douglas Family Preserve
Margerum Wine Company ©
Margerum Wine Company

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 17th (Sat), kick back and relax at Lovers Point, then make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then visit a coastal fixture at Point Pinos Lighthouse.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Monterey journey site .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Monterey takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. While traveling from Santa Barbara, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
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Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Point Pinos Lighthouse ©
Point Pinos Lighthouse

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