13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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13 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Houston
Bus + Fly:  6 h 15 min
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  6 h 45 min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Big Sur
— Few hours
Bus:  45 min
5
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  15 min
6
Monterey
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  2 h 45 min
7
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  5 h 30 min
End: Houston

1
night
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 2nd (Sun): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Los Angeles holiday planner.

Houston to Los Angeles is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Los Angeles is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Houston in July; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 81°F and lows reach 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks
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Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Spend the 4th (Tue) among the memorable landscape of Half Dome. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, hike along Wawona Meadow, and stroll through Panorama Trail.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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 sightseeing, nature, museums, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, catch a ride on Cable Cars, don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, and explore the engaging exhibits at The Exploratorium.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 72°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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hours
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 10th (Mon), immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Big Sur trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Big Sur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Big Sur

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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night
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. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Point Lobos State Reserve.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Big Sur to Carmel by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Carmel are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Monterey vacation planner.

Monterey is very close to Carmel. July in Monterey sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Monterey

Historic Sites
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San Carlos Cathedral ©
San Carlos Cathedral

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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.
On the 13th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at The Inn at Sunset Cliffs and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond and then let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Diego vacation builder.

Traveling by flight from Monterey to San Diego takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Monterey in July, with highs in San Diego at 75°F and lows at 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
Sunset Cliffs Natural Park ©
Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

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