16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly:  18 h
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
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
Drive:  1 h 45 min
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.
On the 16th (Mon), take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To see photos and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip maker website.

Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in September; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 85°F and lows reach 66°F. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

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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.
On the 17th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Carpinteria State Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Santa Barbara holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, Santa Barbara is a bit cooler 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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Carpinteria State Beach
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Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit 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.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Monterey in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Santa Barbara in September, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 72°F. You'll set off 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.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Marshall’s Beach will get you outdoors. Shop till you drop at Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplace. There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, stroll through China Beach, and play a few rounds at Lincoln Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner.

You can drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. 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).

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Get some historical perspective at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Old Point Loma Lighthouse. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, and see the interesting displays at San Diego Model Railroad Museum.

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Fly from San Francisco to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in September, San Diego is a bit warmer at night with lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Newport Beach.

Things to do in San Diego

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

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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): take in the waterfront at Huntington Beach Pier, then kick back and relax at Newport Beach, and then examine the collection at Mission San Juan Capistrano.

To see maps and other tourist information, read Newport Beach driving holiday planner.

Drive from San Diego to Newport Beach in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Newport Beach can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Newport Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Montana de Oro State Park and then grab your bike and head to Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon online journey builder.

Getting from Newport Beach to San Simeon by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Newport Beach, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 90°F to lows of 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

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

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