16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + bus:  15​h 30​min
1
Santa Monica
— 1 night
2
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
3
Morro Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Napa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Sacramento
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: London

1
night
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): wander the streets of Rodeo Drive and then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Santa Monica trip itinerary maker website .

London, UK to Santa Monica is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and tram. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from London in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Santa Monica, with lows around 21°C. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rodeo Drive
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Rodeo Drive ©
Rodeo Drive
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): do a tasting at Jaffurs Wine Cellars and then don't miss a visit to State Street Underpass.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Monica in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Santa Barbara, with lows around 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sun) before leaving for Morro Bay.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Jaffurs Wine Cellars ©
Jaffurs Wine Cellars

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night
Morro Bay

Morro Bay ©
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. On the 2nd (Sun), shop like a local with Fiona Bleu Gallery, take some stellar pictures from Anchor Memorial Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock.

Plan trip to Morro Bay with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Morro Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Morro Bay, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Mon) before leaving for Monterey.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Parks Nature Shopping
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Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock
Anchor Memorial Park ©
Anchor Memorial Park

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night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Morro Bay to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Morro Bay in August, plan for little chillier days in Monterey, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to San Jose.

Things to do in Monterey

Scenic Drive Outdoors Museums
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17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe ©
Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe

2
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Big Basin Redwoods State Park and Shark Fin Cove. Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph and San Jose Betsuin Buddhist Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Santa Cruz (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Natural Bridges State Beach). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and contemplate the long history of Winchester Mystery House.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Jose takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Monterey in August, you will find days in San Jose are somewhat warmer (31°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Jose

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Shark Fin Cove, Big Basin Redwoods State Park
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Big Basin Redwoods State Park ©
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach

3
nights
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 7th (Fri): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and then explore and take pictures at Alcatraz Island. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Marshall’s Beach, and then wander the streets of Chinatown.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip builder app .

Traveling by car from San Jose to San Francisco takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. Traveling from San Jose in August, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Napa

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): appreciate the views at Artesa Vineyards & Winery, then learn about winemaking at Domaine Carneros, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Napa driving holiday planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Napa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in Napa to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sacramento.

Things to do in Napa

Outdoors Tours Wineries
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Balloon Rides
Artesa Vineyards & Winery ©
Artesa Vineyards & Winery
Domaine Carneros ©
Domaine Carneros

2
nights
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
California State Railroad Museum and Crocker Art Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Sacramento with a short trip to Old Town Auburn in Auburn, about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at California State Capitol Museum, see the interesting displays at Old Sacramento Waterfront, admire the landmark architecture of Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sacramento sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Napa to Sacramento takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Napa in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Sacramento, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. On the 12th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Old Town Auburn
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California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Crocker Art Museum ©
Crocker Art Museum
California State Capitol Museum ©
California State Capitol Museum

2
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
On the 13th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach, then take a stroll through Pike Place Market, then shop like a local with Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Space Needle, then examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seahurst Beach Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Seattle vacation planning site .

Getting from Sacramento to Seattle by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Sacramento in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Seattle: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Seahurst Beach Park
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Alki Beach ©
Alki Beach
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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