7 days in United States Itinerary

7 days in United States Itinerary

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7 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly:  3​h
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Monterey
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Santa Barbara
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
5
Santa Monica
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
6
Anaheim
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
7
Los Angeles
— 1 night
End: Los Angeles

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Japanese Tea Garden, Alamo Square and Palace of Fine Arts Theatre. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, see a show at Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, don't miss a visit to Alamo Square, then take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip planner .

Denver to San Francisco is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Denver to San Francisco. Traveling from Denver in December, you will find days in San Francisco are somewhat warmer (59°F), and nights are warmer (45°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Point Pinos Lighthouse as well as 17-Mile Drive. On the 23rd (Mon), observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then visit a coastal fixture at Point Pinos Lighthouse, and then cruise along 17-Mile Drive.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip itinerary planner.

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 in Monterey, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Point Pinos Lighthouse
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Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Point Pinos Lighthouse ©
Point Pinos Lighthouse

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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Big Sur trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Monterey to Big Sur by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In December, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara road trip site .

Getting from Big Sur to Santa Barbara by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites
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Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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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.
On the 24th (Tue), take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Santa Monica trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Santa Monica, with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Historic Sites
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Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Anaheim is known for theme parks, fun & games, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Anaheim visit planner .

Drive from Santa Monica to Anaheim in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of tram and train. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in December, and nighttime lows around 47°F. You'll set off for Los Angeles on the 27th (Fri).

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

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night
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.
For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles road trip planning app .

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Anaheim. In December, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. You will leave for home on the 28th (Sat).

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Tours
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