53 days in United States Itinerary

53 days in United States Itinerary

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Start: Adelaide
Fly:  31 h
1
Philadelphia
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
New York City
— 3 nights
train:  3 h
3
Boston
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
4
Syracuse
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Buffalo
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Cleveland
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
7
Chicago
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h
8
Cincinnati
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
9
Louisville
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
10
Saint Louis
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
11
Memphis
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
12
Little Rock
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
13
Oklahoma City
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
14
Kansas City
— 3 nights
Drive:  9 h
15
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  9 h 30 min
16
Cedar City
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
17
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
18
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h
19
Barstow
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
20
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
21
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  21 h
End: Adelaide

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Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Elfreth's Alley as well as Reading Terminal Market. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Elfreth's Alley, then appreciate the history behind Liberty Bell Center, then get to know the fascinating history of Independence Mall, and finally steep yourself in history at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Keep things going the next day: get into the urban bustle at Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, stroll through Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, and then look for gifts at Macy's Philadelphia.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Philadelphia online travel planner.

Adelaide, Australia to Philadelphia is an approximately 31- hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -14.5 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Adelaide in December; daily highs in Philadelphia reach 10°C and lows reach 1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sat) before leaving for New York City.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 5:
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Independence Mall ©
Independence Mall
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site ©
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall

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New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like St. Patrick's Cathedral and SoHo. Get outdoors at Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours and Speed Boats Tours. Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, wander the streets of Times Square, pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, and don't miss a visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City trip planner.

Take a train from Philadelphia to New York City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Boston.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Tours
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 8:
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Central Park ©
Central Park
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral

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Boston

Boston ©
Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Get some historical perspective at Old State House and Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop and the Printing Office of Edes and Gill. Kids will appreciate attractions like Museum of Fine Arts and Boston Children's Museum. There's still lots to do: stroll around Boston Public Garden, pause for some serene contemplation at King's Chapel, shop like a local with Prudential Center, and browse the different shops at Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Boston online vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to Boston takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from New York City in December, with highs in Boston at 7°C and lows at 0°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Syracuse.

Things to do in Boston

Shopping Museums Nightlife
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Faneuil Hall Marketplace ©
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Museum of Fine Arts ©
Museum of Fine Arts
Boston Public Garden ©
Boston Public Garden

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Syracuse

Syracuse ©
Syracuse is a city in, and the county seat of, Onondaga County, New York, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Clinton Square.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Syracuse day trip app.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Boston to Syracuse in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Boston in December, with highs in Syracuse at 3°C and lows at -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Buffalo.

Things to do in Syracuse

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 13:
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Clinton Square ©
Clinton Square

1
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Buffalo

Buffalo ©
The most populous city in the state after New York, Buffalo serves as the gateway to Niagara Falls and Canada for many travelers.
On the 13th (Sun), walk around Patriots and Heroes Park, then don't miss a visit to Elmwood Village, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Joseph's Cathedral.

Planning Buffalo trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Syracuse to Buffalo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Cleveland.

Things to do in Buffalo

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Patriots and Heroes Park, Niagara Gorge Trail, Our Lady of Victory Basilica
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Our Lady of Victory Basilica ©
Our Lady of Victory Basilica
Niagara Gorge Trail ©
Niagara Gorge Trail
St Joseph's Cathedral
St Joseph's Cathedral

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Cleveland

Cleveland ©
A culturally diverse city situated on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland boasts many places to visit, such as world-class museums, popular amusement parks, and sprawling recreational areas.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Chagrin Waterfalls, explore the historical opulence of Squire's Castle, then examine the collection at Cleveland History Center, then steep yourself in history at Wade Memorial Chapel, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St John's Cathedral.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cleveland travel route planner.

Traveling by bus from Buffalo to Cleveland takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Chicago.

Things to do in Cleveland

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Chagrin Waterfalls, Squire's Castle
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Cleveland History Center ©
Cleveland History Center
Squire's Castle ©
Squire's Castle
Chagrin Waterfalls ©
Chagrin Waterfalls

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nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 16th (Wed), walk around Millennium Park. Keep things going the next day: visit The Loop, grab your bike and head to Lakefront Trail, then take in nature's colorful creations at Lincoln Park Conservatory, and finally take a stroll through Lincoln Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Chicago trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Cleveland to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier evenings in Chicago when traveling from Cleveland in December, with lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Illinois Beach State Park
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Lakefront Trail ©
Lakefront Trail
Illinois Beach State Park ©
Illinois Beach State Park
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile

2
nights
Cincinnati

Cincinnati ©
Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): sample the fine beverages at Boone County Distilling Company, then admire the masterpieces at Taft Museum of Art, and then get to know the fascinating history of Mount Adams. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, explore the different monuments and memorials at Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, then hunt for treasures at Jungle Jim's International Market, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Urban Artifact.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cincinnati trip site.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Cincinnati takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Cincinnati due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in December: highs in Cincinnati hover around 8°C, while lows dip to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Louisville.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Boone County Distilling Company, Perfect North Slopes, Jungle Jim's International Market
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Adams ©
Mount Adams
Jungle Jim's International Market ©
Jungle Jim's International Market
Perfect North Slopes ©
Perfect North Slopes

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nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
On your second day here, walk around The Parklands of Floyds Fork, whizz through the canopy at Louisville Mega Cavern, and then examine the collection at 21c Museum Hotel.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Louisville trip planner.

You can drive from Cincinnati to Louisville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Louisville are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
The Parklands of Floyds Fork ©
The Parklands of Floyds Fork
Louisville Mega Cavern ©
Louisville Mega Cavern
Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle) ©

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nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Kids will enjoy Myseum and World Bird Sanctuary. Step out of the city life by going to Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center and The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House. Go for a jaunt from Saint Louis to New Haven to see Pinckney Bend Distillery about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, take a stroll through Lafayette Square, see the interesting displays at Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, and shop like a local with Kirkwood Farmers’ Market.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Saint Louis online journey planner.

You can drive from Louisville to Saint Louis in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December in Saint Louis, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

World Bird Sanctuary, The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, Pinckney Bend Distillery
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
World Bird Sanctuary ©
World Bird Sanctuary
Myseum ©
Myseum

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Memphis

Memphis ©
The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
On the 27th (Sun), have fun and explore at The Children's Museum of Memphis and then try your luck at Horseshoe Tunica. On your second day here, explore the different monuments and memorials at Elmwood Cemetery, add some entertainment to your itinerary with The Orpheum Theatre, then don't miss a visit to Beale Street, and finally look for gifts at A. Schwab.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Memphis online road trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Saint Louis to Memphis in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Saint Louis in December, expect Memphis to be a bit warmer, temps between 15°C and 3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Tue) before leaving for Little Rock.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Childrens Museums Nightlife

Side Trip

Horseshoe Tunica
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Elmwood Cemetery ©
Elmwood Cemetery
The Children's Museum of Memphis ©
The Children's Museum of Memphis
Horseshoe Tunica ©
Horseshoe Tunica

1
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Little Rock

Little Rock ©
Once inhabited by Native American tribes, today Little Rock bustles with nearly 800,000 people.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Little Rock Zoo and then appreciate the history behind Testament: The Little Rock Nine Monument.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Little Rock trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Memphis to Little Rock in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Oklahoma City.

Things to do in Little Rock

Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Little Rock Zoo ©
Little Rock Zoo

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Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City ©
Oklahoma City, known to many as the "Big Friendly," represents the political, cultural, and economic engine of the state of Oklahoma.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): make a trip to Route 66 Arcadia Oklahoma -John Hargrove's place, then take a stroll through Plaza District, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Anthem Brewing Company. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Old Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Henry Overholser Mansion, then walk around Martin Park Nature Center, and finally examine the collection at Oklahoma County Auto Trim and Mini Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Oklahoma City journey planner.

You can drive from Little Rock to Oklahoma City in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Little Rock in December, Oklahoma City is little chillier at night with lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kansas City.

Things to do in Oklahoma City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Arcadia
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
St. Joseph Old Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Old Cathedral
Martin Park Nature Center ©
Martin Park Nature Center
Henry Overholser Mansion ©
Henry Overholser Mansion

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Kansas City

Kansas City ©
The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
Popular historic sites such as Union Station and Jesse James Bank Museum are in your itinerary. Kids will enjoy Snow Creek and The College Basketball Experience. Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with Country Club Plaza, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cinder Block Brewery, see the interesting displays at Museum of Illusions, and contemplate the long history of Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kansas City visit planner.

Getting from Oklahoma City to Kansas City by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Oklahoma City in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kansas City: temperatures range from 6°C by day to -5°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Mon) before leaving for Denver.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Jesse James Bank Museum, Cinder Block Brewery, Snow Creek
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Country Club Plaza ©
Country Club Plaza
Union Station ©
Union Station
Snow Creek ©
Snow Creek

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Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
On the 5th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Prost Brewery, and then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church, take in the exciting artwork at American Museum of Western Art, then examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum, then stop by Tattered Cover Book Store Colfax, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Station 26 Brewing Co.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Denver road trip tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Kansas City to Denver takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. In January in Denver, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and -7°C at night. You'll set off for Cedar City on the 7th (Thu).

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Trinity United Methodist Church ©
Trinity United Methodist Church

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Cedar City

Cedar City ©
Cedar City is a city in Iron County, Utah, United States, 250mi south of Salt Lake City, and 180mi north of Las Vegas on Interstate 15. On the 8th (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at Artisans Gallery and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cedar City Utah Temple.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cedar City road trip app.

You can fly from Denver to Cedar City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around -9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Cedar City

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Artisans Gallery ©
Artisans Gallery
Cedar City Utah Temple ©
Cedar City Utah Temple

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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.
Visiting Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Mount Charleston will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The LINQ Promenade and Wolf Creek Golf Club. It doesn't end there: shop like a local with The Strip and try to win big at Casino At The Venetian.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Cedar City to Las Vegas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cedar City in January, you will find days in Las Vegas are a bit warmer (17°C), and nights are much hotter (5°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Wolf Creek Golf Club
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area ©
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
The Strip ©
The Strip
Mount Charleston ©
Mount Charleston

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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 11th (Mon): take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon, get great views at Lookout Studio, and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park online journey maker.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. When traveling from Las Vegas in January, plan for little chillier days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 7°C, while nights are much colder with lows around -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Barstow.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Inner Canyon ©
Inner Canyon
Lookout Studio ©
Lookout Studio

1
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Barstow

Barstow ©
Barstow is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. On the 12th (Tue), look for gifts at Eddie World, then hike along Mojave Trail, and then steep yourself in history at Calico Early Man Site.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Barstow itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Barstow takes 6 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Barstow, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January, expect nights in Barstow to be much hotter, around 3°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Barstow

Historic Sites Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Yermo, Mojave Trail
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Calico Ghost Town ©
Calico Ghost Town
Calico Early Man Site ©
Calico Early Man Site
Outlets at Barstow ©
Outlets at Barstow

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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, then enjoy the sand and surf at South Carlsbad State Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Shores Park. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Lions, Tigers & Bears, then stroll through Coronado Beach, and then kick back and relax at Windansea Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Diego vacation planner.

Drive from Barstow to San Diego in 3 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Barstow in January: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Coronado Beach, South Carlsbad State Beach, Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, Lions, Tigers & Bears
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach

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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.
Head to LA Farmers' Market and Citadel Outletsfor some retail therapy. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Getty Center and Carpinteria State Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to State Street Underpass (in Santa Barbara), Newport Beach (in Newport Beach) and South Coast Plaza (in Costa Mesa). There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove, engage your brain at California Science Center, take an in-depth tour of Autry Museum of the American West, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Seal Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles road trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

State Street Underpass, Seal Beach, Newport Beach, Santa Monica Pier, South Coast Plaza
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
The Grove ©
The Grove
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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