21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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21 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Las Vegas
— Few hours
Fly:  8​h 45​min
6
Honolulu
— 9 nights
End: Honolulu

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, and explore and take pictures at Golden Gate Park.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco online trip itinerary maker .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): trek along Point Lobos, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then explore the activities along Monterey Bay.

For where to stay and tourist information, go to the Monterey visit planning site .

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 May, daytime highs in Monterey are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Monterey

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Point Lobos, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

3
nights
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.
Dedicate the 4th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf, do a tasting at Jaffurs Wine Cellars, and admire the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Monterey to Santa Barbara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. When traveling from Monterey in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Tue) before leaving for Santa Monica.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Outdoors Museums
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

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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.
Take a break from Santa Monica with a short trip to Six Flags Magic Mountain in Santa Clarita, about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, make a trip to Montana Avenue, see the interesting displays at The Getty Villa, and shop like a local with Third Street Promenade.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Santa Monica day trip app .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in May, Santa Monica is a bit warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Six Flags Magic Mountain, The Getty Villa
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Montana Avenue ©
Montana Avenue

few
hours
Las Vegas

Las Vegas
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 6th (Mon), see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum and then explore the striking landscape of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see human ingenuity at work at Hoover Dam, enjoy breathtaking views from Stratosphere Tower, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and finally admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains.

To find maps and tourist information, go to the Las Vegas road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Santa Monica to Las Vegas in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Santa Monica in May; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 36°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nightlife Outdoors Tours
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9
nights
Honolulu

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay), Kailua (Kailua Beach Park & Lanikai Beach) and Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Waikiki Beach.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Honolulu day trip planning tool .

Getting from Las Vegas to Honolulu by flight takes about 9 hours. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Las Vegas in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Honolulu, with lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Oahu, Kailua, Haleiwa, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, Polynesian Cultural Center
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Photography Tours
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

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