11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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Santa Monica
— 1 night
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Solvang
— 1 night
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Monterey
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Napa
— 1 night
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San Jose
— 3 nights
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San Diego
— Few hours
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Avalon
— Few hours
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Los Angeles
— 1 night

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Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Santa Monica trip planner.

Washington DC to Santa Monica is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to Santa Monica. When traveling from Washington DC in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Santa Monica: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Solvang.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay

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Solvang

Solvang ©
Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): admire the architecture and history at Old Mission Santa Ines and then do a tasting at Rusack Vineyards.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Solvang sightseeing site.

You can drive from Santa Monica to Solvang in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of tram, train, and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Santa Monica in May since evenings lows in Solvang dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Solvang

Historic Sites · Wineries
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Old Mission Santa Ines ©
Old Mission Santa Ines
Rusack Vineyards ©
Rusack Vineyards

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Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Monterey online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Solvang to Monterey takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Solvang in May: highs in Monterey hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, then stroll around Golden Gate Park, and then admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip builder site.

You can drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a shuttle. In May in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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Napa

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Napa trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Napa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, Napa is slightly colder at night with lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Napa

Tours · Wineries · Shopping
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Oxbow Public Market ©
Oxbow Public Market

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San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
On the 23rd (Sat), enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Stanford University, contemplate the long history of Winchester Mystery House, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Municipal Rose Garden. On the next day, find something for the whole family at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose travel route planning website.

Getting from Napa to San Jose by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and subway; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in San Jose are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Stanford University
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Winchester Mystery House ©
Winchester Mystery House
Stanford University ©
Stanford University
Municipal Rose Garden ©
Municipal Rose Garden

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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.
For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Diego vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from San Jose to San Diego takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Jose in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Diego, with lows of 61°F. You will leave for Avalon on the 25th (Mon).

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors · Parks · Tours
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Avalon

Avalon ©
Avalon is the only incorporated city on Santa Catalina Island of the California Channel Islands, and the southernmost city in Los Angeles County. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden and then stop by Afishinados Gallery.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Avalon tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from San Diego to Avalon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from San Diego in May, Avalon is little chillier at night with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Avalon

Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay May 25 — 26:
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Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden ©
Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden
Afishinados Gallery ©
Afishinados Gallery

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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 26th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles travel route builder website.

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Avalon to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and tram. When traveling from Avalon in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 59°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites
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Hollywood Walk of Fame ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame

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