12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Austin
Drive:  14​h 15​min
1
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h
3
Santa Maria
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
6
Redwood National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  31​h 15​min
End: Austin

2
nights
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at El Santuario de Chimayo, do a tasting at Estrella Del Norte Vineyard & Tasting Room, then see the interesting displays at Palace of the Governors, then admire the natural beauty at Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Miguel Chapel. Keep things going the next day: trek along Canyon Trail, then stroll the grounds of Santa Fe National Cemetery, and then see the interesting displays at The Harrell House Bug Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Santa Fe trip planner.

Austin to Santa Fe is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Austin to Santa Fe is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Austin in December: highs in Santa Fe hover around 45°F, while lows dip to 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Canyon Trail, El Santuario de Chimayo
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El Santuario de Chimayo ©
El Santuario de Chimayo
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
Palace of the Governors ©
Palace of the Governors

1
night
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.
For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park road trip app .

You can drive from Santa Fe to Grand Canyon National Park in 7.5 hours. Traveling from Santa Fe in December, expect little chillier with lows of 15°F in Grand Canyon National Park. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll travel to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Santa Maria

Santa Maria ©
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): do a tasting at Rancho Sisquoc Winery, learn about winemaking at Foxen Vineyard & Winery, then do a tasting at Cambria Winery & Vineyards, then browse the collection at Santa Maria Library, and finally tee off at Cypress Ridge Golf Course.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Maria trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Santa Maria in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Santa Maria. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December, with highs in Santa Maria at 67°F and lows at 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Wineries Golf Outdoors

Side Trip

Cypress Ridge Golf Course
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Rancho Sisquoc Winery ©
Rancho Sisquoc Winery
Cambria Winery & Vineyards ©
Cambria Winery & Vineyards
Cypress Ridge Golf Course ©
Cypress Ridge Golf Course

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nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Harmony Cellars and Hearst Ranch Winery. You'll get in some beach time at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach and Sand Dollar Beach. When in San Simeon, make a side trip to see New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur, approximately 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Leffingwell Landing, do a tasting at Moonstone Cellars, indulge your thirst for a good beer at 927 Beer Company, and trek along Bluff Trail.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon travel planning website .

Traveling by car from Santa Maria to San Simeon takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Santa Maria in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in San Simeon, with lows of 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cambria, Harmony Cellars, Sand Dollar Beach, New Camaldoli Hermitage
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Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery
Sebastian General Store ©
Sebastian General Store

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 27th (Fri), immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point, kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, then hike along Scenic Road Walkway, then take in the history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, and finally snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Monterey day trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Monterey when traveling from San Simeon in December, with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel, Pacific Grove
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Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway

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day
Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): delve into the lush surroundings at Tall Trees Grove and then trek along Lady Bird Johnson Grove.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Redwood National Park holiday maker .

Explore your travel options from Monterey to Redwood National Park with the Route module. While traveling from Monterey, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Redwood National Park, ranging from highs of 55°F to lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Lady Bird Johnson Grove
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Tall Trees Grove ©
Tall Trees Grove
Lady Bird Johnson Grove ©
Lady Bird Johnson Grove

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