18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Big Sur
— 1 night
3
Truckee
— 4 nights
4
Las Vegas
— 1 night
5
Sedona
— 2 nights
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San Diego
— 3 nights
7
Los Angeles
— 2 nights

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as LA Farmers' Market and Petersen Automotive Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and The Broad. There's much more to do: revel in the low prices at Citadel Outlets, catch a movie at California Science Center, get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles day trip planning tool.

New York City to Los Angeles is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in December, expect nights in Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, around 49°F, while days are warmer, around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

The Americana at Brand
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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Skirball Cultural Center ©
Skirball Cultural Center
The Broad ©
The Broad
Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive Museum

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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 30th (Wed), stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, admire the natural beauty at Hawthorne Gallery, then hike along Pacific Valley Bluff Trail, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Limekiln State Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Big Sur travel planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Big Sur in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, things will get a bit cooler in Big Sur: highs are around 62°F and lows about 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Truckee.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
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Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Pacific Valley Bluff Trail ©
Pacific Valley Bluff Trail
Limekiln State Park ©
Limekiln State Park

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Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Get outdoors at Sand Harbor and Tahoe Donner Cross Country. Step off the beaten path and head to Boreal Mountain Resort and Burnt Cedar Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Ski Butlers South Lake Tahoe (in Stateline) and Incline Village (Tahoe Meadows Trail, Alibi Ale Works & Brewery, &more). And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area, play a few rounds at Kings Beach Miniature Golf, go for a walk through Truckee River Legacy Trail, and glide through natural beauty at Tahoe Donner.

Plan my day in Truckee using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Big Sur to Truckee in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Big Sur in December, things will get colder in Truckee: highs are around 41°F and lows about 15°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Incline Village, Ski Butlers South Lake Tahoe, Kings Beach Miniature Golf
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 4:
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Sand Harbor ©
Sand Harbor
Burnt Cedar Beach ©
Burnt Cedar Beach
Boreal Mountain Resort ©
Boreal Mountain Resort

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Las Vegas trip planner.

You can fly from Truckee to Las Vegas in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Truckee in January, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Sedona.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:
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Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah ©
Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah

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Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
On the 6th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Soldier Pass, stroll through Doe Mountain Trail, then stroll through Fay Canyon Trail, and finally look for gifts at The Sedona Fudge Company. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on Arizona Tour & Travel - Day Tours and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sedona trip builder app.

You can drive from Las Vegas to Sedona in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Sedona due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Las Vegas in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Sedona: temperatures range from 54°F by day to 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Sedona

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Arizona Tour & Travel - Day Tours
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:
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Doe Mountain Trail ©
Doe Mountain Trail
Fay Canyon Trail ©
Fay Canyon Trail
Spas & Wellness

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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 8th (Fri): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, then kick back and relax at Coronado Beach, and then stroll through Windansea Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Del Mar City Beach, stroll through Moonlight State Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at South Carlsbad State Beach.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego online trip builder.

Getting from Sedona to San Diego by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sedona to San Diego. In January, San Diego is a bit warmer than Sedona - with highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Del Mar City Beach, Coronado Beach, Moonlight State Beach, South Carlsbad State Beach
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach
Windansea Beach ©
Windansea Beach
Moonlight State Beach ©
Moonlight State Beach

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): make a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, don't miss a visit to Universal CityWalk Hollywood, then look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and finally look for gifts at The Last Bookstore. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, kick back and relax at Newport Beach, and then stroll through Huntington Dog Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online tour planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

Huntington Dog Beach, Newport Beach
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach
Universal CityWalk Hollywood ©
Universal CityWalk Hollywood
Walt Disney Concert Hall ©
Walt Disney Concert Hall

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