16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  18​h
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
2
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
San Diego
— 4 nights
6
Newport Beach
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier.

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

Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to Los Angeles. Traveling from Sydney in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 85°F and lows about 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Santa Barbara.

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Parks Beaches Outdoors

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Santa Monica Pier
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): stroll through Carpinteria State Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara day trip website .

Drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, Santa Barbara is little chillier than Los Angeles - with highs of 79°F and lows of 58°F. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Monterey.

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Parks Beaches Nature

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Carpinteria State Beach
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Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 19th (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row and then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Monterey trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Santa Barbara to Monterey in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. When traveling from Santa Barbara in September, plan for slightly colder days in Monterey, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. You will leave for San Francisco on the 20th (Fri).

Things to do in Monterey

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Marshall’s Beach and Fort Funston National Park. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace, wander the streets of Twin Peaks, have fun and explore at Exploratorium, and tour the pleasant surroundings at China Beach.

For ratings and more tourist information, use the San Francisco online attractions planner .

You can drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in San Francisco are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. You will leave for San Diego on the 26th (Thu).

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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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.
Get outdoors at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and La Jolla Cove. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. The adventure continues: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter, and visit a coastal fixture at Old Point Loma Lighthouse.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to San Diego takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Francisco in September since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Newport Beach.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

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Newport Beach

Newport Beach ©
City beaches line the coast from the Balboa Peninsula to the Santa Ana River in Newport Beach.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): make a trip to Huntington Beach Pier, then kick back and relax at Newport Beach, and then see the interesting displays at Mission San Juan Capistrano.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Newport Beach trip maker .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Newport Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. September in Newport Beach sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Newport Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mission San Juan Capistrano, Huntington Beach Pier
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Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Huntington Beach Pier ©
Huntington Beach Pier

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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.
You've now added Hearst Castle to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery and then identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Simeon trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to San Simeon in 24 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, shuttle, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 18 hours. When traveling from Sydney in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 83°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Trails Nature

Side Trips

Montana de Oro State Park, Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail
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Montana de Oro State Park ©
Montana de Oro State Park

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