17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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Start: Tokyo
Train + Fly:  15 h
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Morro Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
5
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Sonoma
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
7
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  14 h
End: Tokyo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, stop by Amoeba Music, then look for gifts at LA Farmers' Market, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall, kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, then make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, and finally examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary builder site.

Tokyo, Japan to Los Angeles is an approximately 15.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Tokyo to Los Angeles is minus 17 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Tokyo in August, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

2
nights
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.
On the 8th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Carpinteria State Beach, then steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, and then explore and take pictures at State Street Underpass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): get a new perspective on nature at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and then admire the architecture and history at Old Mission Santa Ines.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara vacation app.

Getting from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: high temperatures in Santa Barbara hover around 28°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Old Mission Santa Ines, Carpinteria State Beach
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Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Old Mission Santa Ines ©
Old Mission Santa Ines
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ©
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

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nights
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. Relax by the water at Moonstone Beach and William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Morro Bay National Estuary and Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Morro Bay side-trips: Hearst Ranch Winery (in San Simeon) and Calcareous Vineyard (in Paso Robles). There's more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Natural History.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Morro Bay trip builder.

Getting from Santa Barbara to Morro Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Morro Bay are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon, Moonstone Beach, Calcareous Vineyard, Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Morro Bay National Estuary ©
Morro Bay National Estuary
Museum of Natural History ©
Museum of Natural History

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night
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 13th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Coast Gallery Big Sur, stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Andrew Molera State Park, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Point Sur State Historic Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Big Sur trip planner.

You can drive from Morro Bay to Big Sur in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or take a bus. While traveling from Morro Bay, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Big Sur, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Monterey.

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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nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 14th (Mon), examine the collection at National Steinbeck Center, then admire the architecture and history at Mission San Juan Bautista, and then kick back and relax at Lovers Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): admire the architecture and history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Monterey driving holiday planning site.

You can drive from Big Sur to Monterey in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. August in Monterey sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sonoma.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Carmel, National Steinbeck Center, Mission San Juan Bautista, Lovers Point
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Mission San Juan Bautista ©
Mission San Juan Bautista
National Steinbeck Center ©
National Steinbeck Center

2
nights
Sonoma

Sonoma ©
Set in the heart of one of the United States' most esteemed wine-producing regions, just 45 minutes from San Francisco, Sonoma boasts colonial Mexican architecture, including a mission.
On the 16th (Wed), stroll through Doran Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sonoma Coast State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Castello di Amorosa, then learn about winemaking at Williamson Wines Tasting Room, and then do a tasting at Gracianna Winery.

Make your Sonoma itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Monterey to Sonoma in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. While traveling from Monterey, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sonoma, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sonoma

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Doran Beach, Castello di Amorosa
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Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery
Sonoma Coast State Beach ©
Sonoma Coast State Beach

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Lincoln Park. Appreciate the collections at Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, browse the different shops at Ghirardelli Square, and take a stroll through Union Square.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco route planner.

You can drive from Sonoma to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. Traveling from Sonoma in August, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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