33 days in United States & Vancouver Itinerary

33 days in United States & Vancouver Itinerary

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Start: Los Angeles, United States
1
Los Angeles, United States
— 4 nights
drive:  2 h
2
Santa Barbara, United States
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
San Luis Obispo, United States
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Monterey, United States
— 2 nights
Bus:  4 h 30 min
5
Yosemite National Park, United States
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h
6
San Francisco, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
7
Vancouver, Canada
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
8
Seattle, United States
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 15 min
9
Bend, United States
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
10
McKenzie Bridge, United States
— 2 nights
End: McKenzie Bridge, United States

4
nights
Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Get some cultural insight at Hollywood Bowl Museum and Griffith Observatory. We've included these beaches for you: Newport Beach and Redondo Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Huntington Dog Beach (in Huntington Beach), Seal Beach (in Seal Beach) and Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach). There's much more to do: make a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, admire the striking features of Bradbury Building, engage your brain at California Science Center, and examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Hollywood.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles online trip builder.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport, Ontario International Airport and San Bernardino International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Huntington Dog Beach, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Manhattan Beach
Highlights from your plan
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach
California Science Center ©
California Science Center

1
night
Santa Barbara, United States

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Douglas Family Preserve, and then wander the streets of State Street Underpass.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, Santa Barbara is slightly colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Douglas Family Preserve ©
Douglas Family Preserve
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum ©
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
Margerum Wine Company Tasting Room ©
Margerum Wine Company Tasting Room

1
night
San Luis Obispo, United States

San Luis Obispo ©
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): deepen your understanding at California Polytechnic University.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Luis Obispo trip app.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Santa Barbara, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Luis Obispo, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Monterey.
Highlights from your plan
California Polytechnic University ©
California Polytechnic University

2
nights
Monterey, United States

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): stroll around Dennis the Menace Park, explore the world behind art at Monterey Museum of Art, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Del Monte Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row, then appreciate the history behind The Cannery Row Monument, and finally explore and take pictures at Lovers Point.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Monterey day trip planner.

Getting from San Luis Obispo to Monterey by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Luis Obispo in June: highs in Monterey hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Lovers Point
Highlights from your plan
Del Monte Beach ©
Del Monte Beach
Dennis the Menace Park ©
Dennis the Menace Park
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
Yosemite National Park, United States

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Nevada Falls Loop. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vernal Fall and Panorama Trail. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, make a trip to Yosemite Village, cruise along Tioga Pass, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by bus from Monterey to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in June: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Lembert Dome ©
Lembert Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

4
nights
San Francisco, United States

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 Walt Disney Family Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lands End and Boat Tours & Water Sports. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, walk around Presidio of San Francisco, and see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip maker website.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Vancouver.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Lands End ©
Lands End

4
nights
Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver ©
Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
You'll get in some beach time at Kitsilano Beach and Spanish Banks. Get some cultural insight at Vancouver Downtown and Bill Reid Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at False Creek, pause for some photo ops at A-maze-ing Laughter, kick back and relax at Jericho Beach, and sample the fine beverages at The Liberty Distillery.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Vancouver tour website.

Getting from San Francisco to Vancouver by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Vancouver are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Seattle.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
False Creek ©
False Creek
Vancouver Downtown ©
Vancouver Downtown
Kitsilano Beach ©
Kitsilano Beach

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nights
Seattle, United States

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Take a break from the city and head to Alki Beach and Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Museum of Flight and Seattle Great Wheel. Get out of town with these interesting Seattle side-trips: Seahurst Beach Park (in Burien), Museum of Glass (in Tacoma) and Hands On Children's Museum (in Olympia). There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, engage your brain at Living Computers: Museum + Labs, get to know the resident critters at Woodland Park Zoo, and examine the collection at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Seattle road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Vancouver to Seattle in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Seattle are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bend.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Olympia, Seahurst Beach Park, Museum of Glass
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Alki Beach ©
Alki Beach

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nights
Bend, United States

An old logging town at the crux of the high desert and ponderosa pine forest, Bend melds a love of the outdoors with cosmopolitan flair.
Kids will enjoy River Rafting & Tubing and Oregon Observatory. Get some cultural insight at High Desert Museum and City of Sisters. Explore Bend's surroundings by going to Peterson Ridge Trail (in Sisters) and Smith Rock State Park (in Redmond). There's lots more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Deschutes National Forest, head outdoors with RiverStone Adventures, make a trip to Balancing Rocks, and trek along Deschutes River Trail.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Bend day trip app.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Seattle to Bend in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in July, expect nights in Bend to be a bit cooler, around 13°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to McKenzie Bridge.

Things to do in Bend

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Sisters, Smith Rock State Park, Oregon Observatory
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Smith Rock State Park ©
Smith Rock State Park
High Desert Museum ©
High Desert Museum

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nights
McKenzie Bridge, United States

McKenzie Bridge ©
McKenzie Bridge is an unincorporated community in Lane County, Oregon, United States, on the McKenzie River and within Willamette National Forest. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): tee off at Tokatee Golf Club. On the next day, grab your bike and head to McKenzie River Trail and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamolitch Pool Trail.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the McKenzie Bridge trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Bend to McKenzie Bridge takes 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 10°C. On the 17th (Fri), you're off to home.

Things to do in McKenzie Bridge

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Tamolitch Pool Trail
Highlights from your plan
Tokatee Golf Club ©
Tokatee Golf Club
McKenzie River Trail ©
McKenzie River Trail

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