12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Montevideo
Fly:  21 h 45 min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  30 min
2
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
3
Malibu
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
5
Solvang
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h
6
Pismo Beach
— 1 day
Drive:  30 min
7
Morro Bay
— Few hours
Drive:  4 h 15 min
8
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  8 h 30 min
End: New York City

3
nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Getty Center The Publications and Griffith Observatory. Visiting Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Camarillo Premium Outlets in Camarillo (about 1h 25 min away). Pack the 7th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's more to do: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier and make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip generator.

Montevideo, Uruguay to Los Angeles is an approximately 22-hour flight. Traveling from Montevideo to Los Angeles, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Montevideo in September, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Beaches Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Camarillo Premium Outlets
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): examine the collection at The Getty Villa, identify plant and animal life at Santa Monica Beach, then get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, and finally shop like a local with Third Street Promenade.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Santa Monica trip itinerary planner.

Santa Monica is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in September: highs in Santa Monica hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

The Getty Villa
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
The Getty Villa ©
The Getty Villa
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

1
night
Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): see the interesting displays at The Getty Villa, then examine the collection at Adamson House Museum, then browse the different shops at Malibu Country Mart, and finally explore the striking landscape of Paramount Ranch.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Malibu trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Malibu takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Malibu

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Paramount Ranch
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The Getty Villa ©
The Getty Villa
Paramount Ranch ©
Paramount Ranch
Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum ©

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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 11th (Mon): take a stroll through State Street, admire the striking features of Old Mission Santa Barbara, and then kick back and relax at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara tour planner.

You can drive from Malibu to Santa Barbara in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Malibu in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Santa Barbara, with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Solvang.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches
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Arroyo Burro County Beach Park ©
Arroyo Burro County Beach Park
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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night
Solvang

Solvang ©
Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): do a tasting at Lincourt Vineyards, do a tasting at Koehler Winery, do a tasting at Epiphany Cellars, then stop by Global Gardens, then do a tasting at Stolpman Vineyards - Los Olivos Tasting Room, and finally stroll through Ostrich Land.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Solvang trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Solvang takes an hour. When traveling from Santa Barbara in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Solvang, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Solvang

Wineries Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Los Olivos, Ostrich Land
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Koehler Winery ©
Koehler Winery
Epiphany Cellars ©
Epiphany Cellars
Stolpman Vineyards ©
Stolpman Vineyards

1
day
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): take in the history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, stop by Alapay Cellars Tasting Room, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monarch Butterfly Grove.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Pismo Beach itinerary maker.

Getting from Solvang to Pismo Beach by car takes about an hour. In September, daily temperatures in Pismo Beach can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Alapay Cellars, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
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Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa ©
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
Alapay Cellars ©
Alapay Cellars

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hours
Morro Bay

Morro Bay ©
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Morro Bay tour planner.

Morro Bay is very close to Pismo Beach. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
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Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa ©
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

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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 14th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Twin Peaks, then enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach, then buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and finally stop by Union Square. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then engage your brain at The Exploratorium.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco holiday planner.

You can drive from Morro Bay to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Morro Bay in September, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Beaches
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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