23 days in United States Itinerary

23 days in United States Itinerary

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23 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Winters
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
8
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
+3
train + foot + bus + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and Marin Headlands. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Sapphire Hill Winery (in Healdsburg), Stanford University (in Palo Alto) and Charles M. Schulz Museum (in Santa Rosa). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read San Francisco day trip app .

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to San Francisco is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get much colder in San Francisco: highs are around 17°C and lows about 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Winters.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Battery Spencer, Stanford University, Marin Headlands, Charles M. Schulz Museum
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands

2
nights
Winters

Winters ©
Winters is a city in rural Yolo County and the western Sacramento Valley, in northern California.The estimated population of Winters was 7,034 as of July 2015. On the 18th (Wed), do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, do a tasting at VJB Cellars, and then indulge your taste buds at Castello di Amorosa. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Mumm Napa.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Winters day trip tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Winters takes 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Winters when traveling from San Francisco in December, with lows around 3°C. On the 19th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Winters

Wineries Shopping Museums

Side Trips

VJB Cellars, Castello di Amorosa, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, Mumm Napa
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:
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Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa

2
nights
Carmel

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. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then snap pictures at Bixby Bridge. Keep things going the next day: explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Carmel visit planner.

You can drive from Winters to Carmel in 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Carmel when traveling from Winters in December, with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Bixby Bridge, Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

3
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Heisler Park. Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to San Clemente Pier in San Clemente, about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, head off the coast to Coronado Island, make a trip to Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, and walk around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Carmel to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in December: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 23°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Coronado Island, San Clemente Pier, Heisler Park
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:
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Heisler Park ©
Heisler Park
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery
Coronado Bridge
Coronado Bridge

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Battlefield Vegas and Apocalypse Vegas. There's much more to do: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, enjoy some diversion at Gun Garage, have some family-friendly fun at Dig This, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Las Vegas Temple.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from San Diego to Las Vegas by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from San Diego in December; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 16°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Fun & Games Tours Museums
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
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Battlefield Vegas ©
Battlefield Vegas
Gun Garage ©
Gun Garage
Food Tours

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dante's View and Artists Dr. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Eureka Mine, and contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park day trip planning app .

You can drive from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Death Valley National Park when traveling from Las Vegas in December, with lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

2
nights
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.
On the 31st (Tue), get advice or help at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, then get lost in a book at Ocean Park Library, then take in the pleasant sights at 26-Mile Bike Path, and finally enjoy some music at Third Street Promenade. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Villa, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Malibu Hindu Temple.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Santa Monica vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Santa Monica by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Santa Monica: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Malibu Hindu Temple, The Getty Villa, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Douglas Family Preserve. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, learn about winemaking at Jaffurs Wine Cellars, then go for a walk through Santa Barbara Harbor, and finally take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Santa Monica in January since evenings lows in Santa Barbara dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Historic Sites Wineries
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse
Santa Barbara Harbor ©
Santa Barbara Harbor

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