9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Ramon
Drive:  2​h 15​min
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Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Big Sur
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
San Luis Obispo
— 1 night
4
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Santa Monica
— Few hours
6
Long Beach
— Few hours
ferry:  1​h 45​min
7
Avalon
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 45​min
8
Long Beach
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
9
Anaheim
— 2 nights
End: Anaheim

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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. On the 26th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, and then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Carmel vacation planning tool .

San Ramon to Carmel is an approximately 2-hour car ride. In December, daytime highs in Carmel are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. On the 27th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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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.
To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Big Sur online itinerary planner .

Big Sur is very close to Carmel. In December, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. You'll set off for San Luis Obispo on the 27th (Thu).

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Nature
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San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo ©
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Luis Obispo trip planner .

Traveling by car from Big Sur to San Luis Obispo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in San Luis Obispo can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Monarch Butterfly Grove
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Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove

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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 28th (Fri): take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Neighborhoods
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Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Stearns Wharf ©
Stearns Wharf

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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.
To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Santa Monica sightseeing planning site .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Santa Barbara in December since evenings lows in Santa Monica dip to 50°F. On the 29th (Sat), you're off toLong Beach.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors Parks Tours
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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.
To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Long Beach itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Long Beach takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a tram; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in December, and nighttime lows around 48°F. On the 29th (Sat), you'll travel to Avalon.

Things to do in Long Beach

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Avalon

Avalon is the only incorporated city on Santa Catalina Island of the California Channel Islands, and the southernmost city in Los Angeles County. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Catalina Island Museum, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then try to win big at Catalina Island Casino & Avalon Theater. On your second day here, admire all the interesting features of Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden, then look for all kinds of wild species at Catalina Island Conservancy, then choose your vessel at Joe's Rent-a-Boat, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Avalon itinerary maker app .

Traveling by ferry from Long Beach to Avalon takes 2 hours. When traveling from Long Beach in December, plan for slightly colder days in Avalon, with highs around 62°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Long Beach.

Things to do in Avalon

Wildlife Parks Fun & Games
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Climbing Tours
Catalina Island Conservancy ©
Catalina Island Conservancy
Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden ©
Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden

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Long Beach

Long Beach ©
To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Long Beach trip planning tool .

Traveling by ferry from Avalon to Long Beach takes 2 hours. While traveling from Avalon, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Long Beach, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Anaheim.

Things to do in Long Beach

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Aquarium of the Pacific ©
Aquarium of the Pacific

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Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Anaheim trip simple and quick.

Anaheim is just a stone's throw from Long Beach. January in Anaheim sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney

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