31 days in United States Itinerary

31 days in United States Itinerary

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31 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Kelowna
Fly + subway:  7​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
3
Santa Cruz
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Santa Barbara
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Santa Monica
— 4 nights
7
Long Beach
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  9​h
End: Kelowna

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Marshall’s Beach. Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Square. Change things up with a short trip to Rockaway Beach in Pacifica (about 32 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, enjoy the sand and surf at Baker Beach, browse the different shops at Ghirardelli Square, and admire all the interesting features of Twin Peaks.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip website .

Kelowna, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and subway. You can also fly; or drive. In August in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

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Side Trip

Rockaway Beach
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Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

1
night
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): shop like a local with Santana Row, do a tasting at Cooper Garrod Vineyards, and then browse the different shops at The Great Mall.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Jose online journey planner .

Getting from San Francisco to San Jose by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Jose: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Jose

Shopping Tours Wineries

Side Trips

Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards, The Great Mall
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The Great Mall ©
The Great Mall
Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards ©
Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards
Santana Row ©
Santana Row

4
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Escape the urban bustle at Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach and Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bean Hollow State Beach and Natural Bridges State Beach. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at New Brighton State Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Capitola Beach, go for a walk through Shark Fin Cove, and admire the majestic nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.

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You can drive from San Jose to Santa Cruz in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Jose in August: highs in Santa Cruz hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Pescadero, Capitola, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Shark Fin Cove, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
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Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach ©
Big Basin Redwoods State Park ©
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park ©
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

4
nights
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. Take a break from the city and head to Point Lobos and Pfeiffer State Beach. Relax by the water at Asilomar State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Take a break from Carmel with a short trip to McWay Falls in Big Sur, about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, and learn about winemaking at Dawn's Dream Winery.

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Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Carmel takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Monterey, Pebble Beach Golf Links
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Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

6
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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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Carpinteria State Beach and Butterfly Beach. Get outdoors at San Buenaventura State Beach and Silver Strand Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Oxnard Beach Park (in Oxnard), Bart's Books (in Ojai) and Santa Maria (Rancho Sisquoc Winery & Foxen Vineyard & Winery). Dedicate the 21st (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: wander the streets of State Street, admire the natural beauty at Lotusland, enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and learn about winemaking at Jaffurs Wine Cellars.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Carmel to Santa Barbara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Carmel in August, you will find days in Santa Barbara are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Oxnard, Montecito, Santa Maria, Carhartt Vineyard, Bart's Books
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Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Rancho Sisquoc Winery ©
Rancho Sisquoc Winery
Foxen Vineyard & Winery ©
Foxen Vineyard & Winery

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Santa Monica State Beach and Zuma Beach. Head to Santa Monica Farmers Market and Bergamot Stationfor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Monica: Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach) and Nicholas Canyon Beach (in Malibu). Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ocean View Park, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica tour itinerary builder .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Santa Monica can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Long Beach.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Malibu, Manhattan Beach
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach

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nights
Long Beach

Long Beach ©
Long Beach has long been overshadowed by its bigger and more famous neighbor known as the City of Angels.
Escape the urban bustle at Moonlight Beach State Park and Moonlight State Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Salt Creek Beach and Huntington Dog Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Long Beach side-trips: Victoria Beach (in Laguna Beach) and Corona Del Mar State Beach (in Corona del Mar). Have a day of magic on the 29th (Sat) at Disneyland Park. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Bluff Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Long Beach travel tool .

Getting from Santa Monica to Long Beach by car takes about an hour. Other options: ride a tram; or take a bus. While traveling from Santa Monica, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Long Beach, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Long Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Encinitas, Salt Creek Beach, Victoria Beach, Huntington Dog Beach, Disneyland Park
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Moonlight State Beach ©
Moonlight State Beach
Salt Creek Beach ©
Salt Creek Beach
Corona Del Mar State Beach ©
Corona Del Mar State Beach

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