25 days in United States Itinerary

25 days in United States Itinerary

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25 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Santa Cruz
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
4
Big Sur
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Solvang
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
7
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Malibu
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
9
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
10
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
11
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
12
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
13
Laughlin
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
14
Pioneertown
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
15
Joshua Tree National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
16
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
17
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
18
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Newark

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fisherman's Wharf and Union Square. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach) and Montara State Beach (in Montara). And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, admire the natural beauty at San Francisco Botanical Garden, kick back and relax at Baker Beach, and stroll through Fort Funston National Park.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online trip itinerary planner .

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Newark in February; daily highs in San Francisco reach 62°F and lows reach 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

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

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Santa Cruz

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 3rd (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Natural Bridges State Beach and then learn about winemaking at Soquel Vineyards.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Santa Cruz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of 44°F in Santa Cruz. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trip

Soquel Vineyards
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Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach
Soquel Vineyards ©
Soquel Vineyards

1
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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. Plan my trip to Carmel with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Carmel in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Carmel are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

#Historic Sites

Side Trip

San Carlos Cathedral
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San Carlos Cathedral ©
San Carlos Cathedral

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take in the views from Bixby Bridge, then immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and finally kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Big Sur driving holiday planning website .

Drive from Carmel to Big Sur in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in March, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

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San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, then look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery Tasting Room, and finally explore the historical opulence of Friends of Hearst Castle.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Simeon travel planner .

You can drive from Big Sur to San Simeon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in March, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Solvang.

Things to do in San Simeon

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Sebastian General Store ©
Sebastian General Store

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Solvang

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

Drive from San Simeon to Solvang in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from San Simeon in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Solvang, with highs around 68°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 42°F. On the 6th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Solvang

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Ostrich Land
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1
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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): wander the streets of State Street.

For ratings and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara tour itinerary builder .

Getting from Solvang to Santa Barbara by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. On the 7th (Wed), you're off toMalibu.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

#Outdoors, #Scenic Drive, #Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 7:

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Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Malibu online visit planner .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Malibu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in March, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Malibu

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach

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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 Santa Monica Beach as well as Santa Monica Pier. Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): look for gifts at Magicopolis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Beach and then take in the exciting artwork at Annenberg Community Beach House.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Santa Monica online route planner .

Santa Monica is very close to Malibu. In March, daily temperatures in Santa Monica can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Beverly Hills
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Annenberg Community Beach House ©
Annenberg Community Beach House
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Get a sense of the local culture at Getty Center The Publications and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Will Rogers State Beach, identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online holiday planner .

Los Angeles is just a stone's throw from Santa Monica. In March, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Theme Parks, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trip

Anaheim
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach

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night
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.
For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to Las Vegas by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In March in Las Vegas, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Shopping
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The Strip ©
The Strip

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Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): add some entertainment to your itinerary with Hopi House and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park tour itinerary tool .

Do a combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Las Vegas in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 57°F, while nights are colder with lows around 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Laughlin.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

#Nature, #Parks, #Nightlife
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Hopi House ©
Hopi House

1
night
Laughlin

Laughlin
Laughlin is an unincorporated town and census-designated place in Clark County, Nevada, United States, and a port located on the Colorado River. For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Laughlin tour planning app .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Laughlin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in March, you will find days in Laughlin are somewhat warmer (77°F), and nights are warmer (55°F). You will leave for Pioneertown on the 18th (Sun).

Things to do in Laughlin

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 18:

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Pioneertown

Pioneertown
Pioneertown, California, is an unincorporated community in the Morongo Basin region of southern California's Inland Empire Metropolitan Area, on Pioneertown Road at Route 62 in the town of Yucca Valley. To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Pioneertown road trip planner.

Getting from Laughlin to Pioneertown by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Laughlin to Pioneertown, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Laughlin in March, expect Pioneertown to be cooler, temps between 51°F and 25°F. You will leave for Joshua Tree National Park on the 18th (Sun).

Things to do in Pioneertown

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Golf
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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.
To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Joshua Tree National Park visit planner.

Drive from Pioneertown to Joshua Tree National Park in 1.5 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Pioneertown in March: high temperatures in Joshua Tree National Park hover around 84°F and lows are around 50°F. On the 18th (Sun), you're off toPalm Springs.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Golf
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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. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Sunnylands. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Living Desert Zoo & Gardens and then explore the fascinating landscape at Coachella Valley Preserve.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Palm Springs trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Palm Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Palm Springs

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Sunnylands, The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
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Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Sunnylands ©
Sunnylands
Palm Springs Art Museum ©
Palm Springs Art Museum

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Diego trip planner .

You can drive from Palm Springs to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Palm Springs in March, plan for little chillier days in San Diego, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Nightlife
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Walt Disney Concert Hall ©
Walt Disney Concert Hall

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