12 days in London & West Coast Itinerary

12 days in London & West Coast Itinerary

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12 days in London & West Coast Itinerary

Start: Munich, Germany
Fly:  2​h 30​min
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London, United Kingdom
— Few hours
Fly:  11​h 30​min
2
Los Angeles, United States
— 3 nights
3
Santa Barbara, United States
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Carmel, United States
— 1 day
Drive:  15​min
5
Monterey, United States
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
6
Santa Cruz, United States
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
San Francisco, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
8
London, United Kingdom
— Few hours
Fly:  5​h
End: Munich, Germany

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London, United Kingdom

London
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our London trip app .

Munich, Germany to London is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Munich to London. In December, London is somewhat warmer than Munich - with highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C. You'll set off for Los Angeles on the 6th (Fri).

Things to do in London

Nightlife Fun & Games Tours
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Grove, Malibu Pier, Original Muscle Beach, and other attractions you added. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, then get in on the family fun at Adventure City, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Universal CityWalk Hollywood.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles travel route planning tool .

You can fly from London to Los Angeles in 14.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to Los Angeles. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in December: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 24°C and lows are around 11°C. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Malibu Pier, Adventure City
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Adventure City ©
Adventure City
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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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.
Santa Barbara Zoo has been added to your itinerary. On the 9th (Mon), make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Santa Barbara road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 5°C in Santa Barbara. On the 10th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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Carmel, United States

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 10th (Tue), take in the views from Bixby Bridge, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmelite Monastery, and finally make a trip to Fairy Tale Cottages of Hugh Comstock.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Carmel planning site .

Drive from Santa Barbara to Carmel in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. When traveling from Santa Barbara in December, plan for slightly colder days in Carmel, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bixby Bridge
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmelite Monastery ©
Carmelite Monastery
Fairy Tale Cottages of Hugh Comstock ©

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Monterey, United States

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 11th (Wed), make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Monterey road trip site .

Monterey is very close to Carmel. In December, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

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Santa Cruz, United States

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at To Honor Surfing Monument.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz trip planner .

Drive from Monterey to Santa Cruz in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Santa Cruz are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Theme Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive
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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk ©
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Santa Cruz Wharf ©
Santa Cruz Wharf

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San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum. There's much more to do: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, buy something for everyone on your list at Ghirardelli Square, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in San Francisco are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to London.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Ghirardelli Square ©
Ghirardelli Square

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London, United Kingdom

London
On the 17th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at National Gallery.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our London day trip tool .

Fly from San Francisco to London in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 8 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect London to be little chillier, temps between 11°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in London

Nightlife Fun & Games Tours
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