24 days in United States Itinerary

24 days in United States Itinerary

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24 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Cambria
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Phoenix
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Bus:  5​h 45​min
12
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
13
San Francisco
— 5 nights
End: San Francisco

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 7th (Sat), head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, then make a trip to Lombard Street, and then walk around Golden Gate Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read San Francisco tour planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to San Francisco. December in San Francisco sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 9th (Mon), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then cruise along 17-Mile Drive, and then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey online trip maker .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Monterey are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Scenic Drive Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

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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. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, stroll through Point Lobos, then take in the exciting artwork at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, and finally take in the views from Bixby Bridge.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Carmel travel route planner.

Carmel is just a short distance from Monterey. In December, daytime highs in Carmel are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Bixby Bridge
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge
Gallery by the Sea Carmel ©
Gallery by the Sea Carmel

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Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Amphora Gallery, learn more about the world around you at Greenspace Creekside Reserve, then cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and finally stroll through Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cambria tour planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Cambria takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect little chillier evenings in Cambria when traveling from Carmel in December, with lows around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Cambria

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
Greenspace Creekside Reserve ©
Greenspace Creekside Reserve

1
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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 12th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara attractions site .

You can drive from Cambria to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Cambria in December, Santa Barbara is a bit warmer at night with lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park and then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood and then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planning tool .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Sun), pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, then shop like a local with Spanish Village Art Center, and then see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip planner .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

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Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Desert Botanical Garden, examine the collection at Musical Instrument Museum, and then examine the collection at Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson.

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Traveling by flight from San Diego to Phoenix takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Diego in December since evenings lows in Phoenix dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden
Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson ©
Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson

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nights
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.
Grand Canyon National Park is known for nature, trails, historic sites, wildlife, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, hike along Bright Angel Trail, admire the striking features of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, and tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park road trip tool .

You can drive from Phoenix to Grand Canyon National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Traveling from Phoenix in December, things will get much colder in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 45°F and lows about 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

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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 21st (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, don't miss a visit to Paris Las Vegas, then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, and finally admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Mob Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from High Roller, and then make a trip to The Strip.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Las Vegas travel planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December, you will find days in Las Vegas are somewhat warmer (57°F), and nights are much warmer (39°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin and then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park travel planner .

You can drive from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Death Valley National Park, with lows of 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks
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Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Dante's View ©
Dante's View

1
night
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park by combination of car and bus takes about 6 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in December, expect Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, temps between 46°F and 14°F. You'll set off for San Francisco on the 24th (Tue).

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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San Francisco

Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Mill Valley to see Muir Woods National Monument about 48 minutes away. See even more of San Francisco: engage your brain at Exploratorium, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, you will find days in San Francisco are somewhat warmer (59°F), and nights are much hotter (45°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Tours Parks

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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