10 days in United States Itinerary

10 days in United States Itinerary

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10 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
2
San Jose
— Few hours
Drive:  45 min
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Santa Cruz
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
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Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
5
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
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San Simeon
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
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San Luis Obispo
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h
8
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
9
Ventura
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
10
Malibu
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
12
Long Beach
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h
13
San Diego
— 2 nights
End: San Diego

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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 19th (Wed): take a stroll through Twin Peaks, stroll through Fort Funston National Park, and then browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online itinerary creator.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to San Francisco. In July, daytime highs in San Francisco are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in San Francisco

Beaches Parks Wildlife
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Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

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San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Jose custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to San Jose takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in San Jose to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Jose

Shopping

Side Trip

Westfield Valley Fair Shopping Center
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Westfield Valley Fair Shopping Center ©

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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.
To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Santa Cruz trip planner.

You can drive from San Jose to Santa Cruz in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Jose in July: highs in Santa Cruz hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 54°F. On the 20th (Thu), you're off toMonterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Monterey

Monterey
Monterey is a city in the U.S. For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Monterey takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Monterey, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 56°F at night. You'll set off for Big Sur on the 21st (Fri).

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): enjoy the sea views from Point Sur State Historic Park, then admire the majestic nature at Andrew Molera State Park, then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, and finally view the masterpieces at Coast Gallery Big Sur.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Big Sur trip generator.

You can drive from Monterey to Big Sur in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Big Sur are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Point Sur State Historic Park ©
Point Sur State Historic Park
Andrew Molera State Park ©
Andrew Molera State Park

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San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): kick back and relax at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach and then stop by Sebastian General Store.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Simeon trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Big Sur to San Simeon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Big Sur in July: highs in San Simeon hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in San Simeon

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach ©
Sebastian General Store ©
Sebastian General Store

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San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo ©
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Luis Obispo trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to San Luis Obispo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for a bit warmer days in San Luis Obispo, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Wineries

Side Trip

Castoro Cellars
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Castoro Cellars ©
Castoro Cellars

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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take a memorable drive along State Street and then steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip generator.

Drive from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ventura.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Neighborhoods
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Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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Ventura

Ventura ©
Ventura, officially the City of San Buenaventura, is the county seat of Ventura County, California, United States. For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ventura trip generator.

Getting from Santa Barbara to Ventura by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Ventura can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Malibu.

Things to do in Ventura

Shopping
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Ventura Harbor Village ©
Ventura Harbor Village

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Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): kick back and relax at Zuma Beach and then kick back and relax at El Matador State Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Malibu trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Ventura to Malibu by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in July, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Malibu

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
El Matador State Beach ©
El Matador State Beach

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at Third Street Promenade, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, browse the different shops at The Grove, then stop by The Original Farmers Market, and finally make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally hunt for treasures at Olvera Street.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles tour planner.

Traveling by car from Malibu to Los Angeles takes an hour. Traveling from Malibu in July, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (81°F), and nights are about the same (64°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Long Beach.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica
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The Grove ©
The Grove
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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Long Beach

Long Beach
Long Beach has long been overshadowed by its bigger and more famous neighbor known as the City of Angels.
To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Long Beach travel planner.

Long Beach is very close to Los Angeles. In July, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 65°F. On the 26th (Wed), you're off toSan Diego.

Things to do in Long Beach

Outdoors Parks Tours
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): revel in the low prices at Las Americas Premium Outlets, contemplate the long history of Mormon Battalion Historic Site, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Fashion Valley.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego sightseeing planner.

Drive from Long Beach to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Long Beach, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Shopping Historic Sites
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Las Americas Premium Outlets ©
Las Americas Premium Outlets
Mormon Battalion Historic Site ©
Mormon Battalion Historic Site
San Diego Bay Walk ©
San Diego Bay Walk

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