23 days in United States Itinerary

23 days in United States Itinerary

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23 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  18 h 45 min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Joshua Tree National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
7
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  21 h
End: Melbourne

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Relax by the water at Alcatraz Island and Ferry Building Marketplace. Popular historic sites such as Baker Beach and Sonoma Coast State Beach are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Sonoma Plaza (in Sonoma), Hale's Apple Farm (in Sebastopol) and Calistoga Pottery (in Calistoga). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ocean Beach.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco day trip planning site .

Melbourne, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Pacific Standard Time is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in December, things will get a bit cooler in San Francisco: highs are around 17°C and lows about 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Sonoma, Calistoga Pottery, Hale's Apple Farm
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Baker Beach ©
Baker Beach

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, then immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, then stop by AiX, and finally don't miss a visit to Bird Rock Vista Point.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Carmel trip builder .

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December in Carmel, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trips

Asilomar State Beach, AiX, Bird Rock Vista Point
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Bird Rock Vista Point ©
Bird Rock Vista Point

2
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): get great views at Ragged Point Overlook, indulge your thirst for a good beer at 927 Beer Company, do a tasting at Moonstone Cellars, look for gifts at Cayucos Cellars, then trek along Pacific Valley Bluff Trail, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Amphora Gallery. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel.

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Drive from Carmel to Cambria in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect little chillier evenings in Cambria when traveling from Carmel in December, with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

San Simeon, Cayucos Cellars, Pacific Valley Bluff Trail
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Pacific Valley Bluff Trail ©
Pacific Valley Bluff Trail

2
nights
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 30th (Mon): kick back and relax at Mandalay State Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Barbara Zoo, and then enjoy some diversion at The Santa Barbara Art Foundry. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through State Street Underpass, steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, stop by The Sacred Space, then take a memorable drive along Rincon Bike Trail, and finally identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cambria to Santa Barbara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Cambria in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 5°C in Santa Barbara. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Mandalay State Beach, Rincon Bike Trail, The Sacred Space
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Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
The Sacred Space ©
The Sacred Space

5
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Disneyland Park and Oak Canyon Nature Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Christ Cathedral (in Garden Grove), Downtown Disney (in Anaheim) and Santa Monica Farmers Market (in Santa Monica). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Royal Palms State Beach, look for gifts at Soap Plant/La Luz de Jesus, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Los Angeles online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in December, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica, Christ Cathedral
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 5:
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

3
nights
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Relax by the water at Lost Palms Oasis Trail and Ryan Mountain. Visit Wonderland of Rocks and Skull Rock for their historical value. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Eureka Peak, take in the dramatic natural features at Keys View, appreciate the history behind Johnny Lang Grave, and hike along Wall Street Mill.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Joshua Tree National Park tour website .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in January: high temperatures in Joshua Tree National Park hover around 19°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Wonderland of Rocks ©
Wonderland of Rocks
Eureka Peak ©
Eureka Peak
Ryan Mountain ©
Ryan Mountain

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Strip and Escape Adventures and Las Vegas Cyclery. Shop till you drop at Valley of Fire State Park and Wee Kirk O' the Heather Wedding Chapel. Take a break from Las Vegas with a short trip to Grapevine Canyon in Laughlin, about 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, try to win big at The Mirage, take in panoramic vistas at High Roller, and have some family-friendly fun at Dig This.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas online itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to Las Vegas takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Las Vegas can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Valley of Fire State Park, Grapevine Canyon
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:
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The Strip ©
The Strip
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park
Dig This ©
Dig This

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