18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + subway:  14​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Santa Monica
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: London

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 6th (Fri): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island and then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip website .

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Francisco. Traveling from London in September, things will get a bit warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. You've now added Dolphin & Whale Watching to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and then hike along Point Lobos.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Monterey tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Monterey are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Point Lobos
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Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Monterey to Santa Barbara in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in September: highs in Santa Barbara hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 17°C. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Santa Monica.
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Stearns Wharf ©
Stearns Wharf

5
nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Six Flags Magic Mountain in Santa Clarita (about 42 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, stop by Magicopolis, make a trip to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign, and explore and take pictures at Greystone Mansion and Park.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Santa Monica, with lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Beverly Hills, The Getty Villa, Six Flags Magic Mountain
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Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Farmers Market ©
Santa Monica Farmers Market

4
nights
San Diego

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.
Pack the 21st (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, and kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego day trip planner.

Drive from Santa Monica to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. September in San Diego sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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