19 days in United States Itinerary

19 days in United States Itinerary

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19 days in United States Itinerary

San Francisco
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly + bus + taxi:  9​h
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Napa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
San Francisco
— 3 nights
San Francisco

3
days
Monterey

Monterey ©
The City of Monterey in Monterey County is located on the southern edge of Monterey Bay, on Central California's Pacific coast in California. Discover out-of-the-way places like Point Lobos State Reserve and Lovers Point. Take a break from the city and head to Carmel River State Beach and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Step out of Monterey to go to Big Sur and see Coast Gallery Big Sur, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Monterey vacation planner.

San Francisco to Monterey is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Monterey are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach Golf Links
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Lovers Point ©
Lovers Point
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park ©
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Carpinteria State Beach, examine the collection at The Reagan Ranch Center - Young America's Foundation, and then explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum Of Art. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of State Street, relax in the rural setting at Ostrich Land, and then admire the architecture and history at Old Mission Santa Ines.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Santa Barbara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Old Mission Santa Ines, Ostrich Land, Carpinteria State Beach
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3
days
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.
Get some cultural insight at Getty Center The Publications and Griffith Observatory. Head to The Grove and The Original Farmers Marketfor plenty of shopping. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica). There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles itinerary planner.

Getting from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Getty Center The Publications ©
Getty Center The Publications
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Old Point Loma Lighthouse, then explore the striking landscape at Point Loma, and then make a trip to Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a leisurely stroll along Seaport Village and then steep yourself in history at Mormon Battalion Historic Site.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Diego online itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

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Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Seaport Village ©
Seaport Village
Old Point Loma Lighthouse ©
Old Point Loma Lighthouse

2
days
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 2nd (Tue), see the interesting displays at The Neon Museum, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, take an in-depth tour of Titanic, then admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, and finally see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from San Diego to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Diego in January, with highs in Las Vegas at 17°C and lows at 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

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Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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The Strip ©
The Strip
Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains
The Neon Museum ©
The Neon Museum

2
days
Yosemite National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, then don't miss a visit to Valley View, and then hunt for treasures at El Portal Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): make a trip to Olmsted Point, hike along Lembert Dome, and then take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi from Las Vegas to Yosemite National Park in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 8°C to lows of -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Napa.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

El Portal Market
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El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Lembert Dome ©
Lembert Dome

1
day
Napa

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.
On the 6th (Sat), stop by Vella Cheese Company of California, take in the exciting artwork at Imagery Estate Winery, then learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Napa holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Napa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Napa, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 3°C. On the 7th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

St. Helena, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, Castello di Amorosa, Vella Cheese Company of California, Imagery Estate Winery
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Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
V. Sattui ©
V. Sattui
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery ©
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Twin Peaks and Baker Beach will get you outdoors. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum. Step out of San Francisco to go to Moss Beach and see Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, brush up on your military savvy at USS Pampanito, get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, and wander the streets of Union Square.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Napa to San Francisco takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Napa in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 8°C in San Francisco. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Museums

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Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
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Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf

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