8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— Few hours
2
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
5
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Denver

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquarium of the Pacific.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip website .

Denver to Los Angeles is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Denver to Los Angeles, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Denver in March: highs in Los Angeles hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Aquarium of the Pacific
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La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Aquarium of the Pacific ©
Aquarium of the Pacific

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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 25th (Mon): stroll through Santa Barbara Zoo, then learn about winemaking at Jaffurs Wine Cellars, then take in the waterfront at Santa Barbara Harbor, and finally identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara holiday builder app .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in March, expect Santa Barbara to be a bit cooler, temps between 69°F and 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo
Santa Barbara Harbor ©
Santa Barbara Harbor
Jaffurs Wine Cellars ©
Jaffurs Wine Cellars

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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.
On the 26th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and finally trek along Partington Cove. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, and then stroll through Big Sur.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Big Sur route maker website .

Drive from Santa Barbara to Big Sur in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. While traveling from Santa Barbara, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Big Sur, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
On the 28th (Thu), hike along Moro Rock, then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then cruise along Generals Hwy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park and then take in the awesome beauty at Alabama Hills.

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Drive from Big Sur to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Big Sur, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Alabama Hills
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Alabama Hills ©
Alabama Hills
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, cruise along Artists Dr, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Palette. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Death Valley National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 7 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Death Valley National Park can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
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Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes ©
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

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