18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Belfast
bus + Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly + bus:  13​h 30​min
End: Belfast

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley--about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace, cast your line with a fishing tour, and engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip maker website .

Belfast, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 15-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Belfast to San Francisco, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Belfast, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 16°C. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Monterey.

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Tours Parks Museums

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive and then admire the majestic nature at Monterey State Historic Park.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Monterey, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
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Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Monterey State Historic Park ©
Monterey State Historic Park

1
night
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.
For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon day trip planner .

Drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Monterey in August, plan for warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 40°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

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Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

1
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.
To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara tour itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Santa Barbara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Simeon in August: highs in Santa Barbara hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

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Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping
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Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, & more). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, engage your brain at California Science Center, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than Santa Barbara - with highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica
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Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

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