24 days in United States Itinerary

24 days in United States Itinerary

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24 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Queenstown
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— Few hours
2
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Las Vegas
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Long Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Pismo Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
9
Solvang
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Pomona
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Los Angeles
— Few hours
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Queenstown

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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.
For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles vacation planner .

Queenstown, New Zealand to Los Angeles is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Queenstown to Los Angeles, you'll gain 20 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Harvelle's Blues Club as well as Santa Monica Pier. Step out of Santa Monica to go to Los Angeles and see Universal Studios Hollywood, which is approximately 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, wander the streets of Montana Avenue, and make a trip to Third Street Promenade.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Monica trip maker app .

Santa Monica is very close to Los Angeles. In December, daily temperatures in Santa Monica can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Theme Parks Shopping Nightlife

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Two Rodeo Drive
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive Museum

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Las Vegas Car Museum, Lost Vegas Antiques, Kiss Monster Mini Golf, and other attractions you added. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, browse the different shops at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, have some family-friendly fun at The Roller Coaster, and enjoy breathtaking views from High Roller.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas sightseeing planning tool .

You can drive from Santa Monica to Las Vegas in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Santa Monica in December, expect Las Vegas to be little chillier, temps between 16°C and 4°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Fun & Games Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 4:
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High Roller ©
High Roller
Fremont Street Experience ©
Fremont Street Experience

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Palm Springs online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Las Vegas to Palm Springs in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in January, expect Palm Springs to be a bit warmer, temps between 25°C and 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Long Beach.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Outdoors Parks Golf
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:

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Long Beach

Long Beach
Long Beach has long been overshadowed by its bigger and more famous neighbor known as the City of Angels.
For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Long Beach trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Long Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In January in Long Beach, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 10°C at night. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Long Beach

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Funk Zone as well as State Street. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): do a tasting at Jaffurs Wine Cellars and then indulge your taste buds at Funk Zone.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip planner .

You can drive from Long Beach to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of tram and train. Traveling from Long Beach in January, Santa Barbara is a bit cooler at night with lows of 7°C. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Shopping Outdoors Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Jaffurs Wine Cellars ©
Jaffurs Wine Cellars
Funk Zone ©
Funk Zone

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Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. On the 8th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Monarch Butterfly Grove.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Pismo Beach travel website .

Drive from Santa Barbara to Pismo Beach in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Pismo Beach are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Wed) before leaving for Monterey.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Morro Rock
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:
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Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Monterey Bay Aquarium as well as Old Fisherman's Wharf. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in the waterfront at Old Fisherman's Wharf.

Plan my day in Monterey using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Pismo Beach to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Pismo Beach in January, you will find days in Monterey are little chillier (19°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Solvang.

Things to do in Monterey

Neighborhoods Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Old Fisherman's Wharf ©
Old Fisherman's Wharf
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

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Solvang

Solvang
Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Solvang trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Monterey to Solvang takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Monterey in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Solvang, with lows around 3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Sat) before leaving for Pomona.

Things to do in Solvang

Wineries Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:

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nights
Pomona

Pomona
Pomona is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Pomona trip maker site .

You can drive from Solvang to Pomona in 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Solvang in January since evenings lows in Pomona dip to 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Mon) before leaving for San Diego.

Things to do in Pomona

Nightlife Parks Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:

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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.
On your second day here, admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Pomona to San Diego takes 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. On the 16th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles
To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles holiday maker site .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 17:

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