17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 4 nights
Drive:  15​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
4
Big Sur
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Lisbon

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Attractions like Exploratorium and Crissy Field make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa (about 1h 10 min away). There's much more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, get a taste of the local shopping with Ghirardelli Square, kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park, and get curious at California Academy of Sciences.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to San Francisco is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and subway. Traveling from Lisbon to San Francisco, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In November, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
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Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

4
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Family-friendly places like Asilomar State Beach and Seacliff State Beach will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park (in Felton), Natural Bridges State Beach (in Santa Cruz) and Big Basin Redwoods State Park (in Boulder Creek). Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium and make a trip to San Carlos Cathedral.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Monterey online itinerary creator.

Drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Asilomar State Beach, Seacliff State Beach, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Natural Bridges State Beach
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Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park ©
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): stroll through Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then stop by The Cheese Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): stroll through Scenic Road Walkway and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Carmel trip itinerary planner.

Carmel is very close to Monterey. November in Carmel sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

3
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 16th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally get lost in a book at Henry Miller Memorial Library. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Andrew Molera State Park, immerse yourself in nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, and then view the masterpieces at Coast Gallery Big Sur.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Big Sur travel itinerary creator.

You can drive from Carmel to Big Sur in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Big Sur are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Beaches
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Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara and then admire the natural beauty at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): stroll through Santa Barbara Zoo, then learn about winemaking at Santa Barbara Winery, and then take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Big Sur to Santa Barbara in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. November in Santa Barbara sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wineries
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Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Stearns Wharf ©
Stearns Wharf

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