30 days in United States Itinerary

30 days in United States Itinerary

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30 days in United States Itinerary

San Francisco
Drive:  30​min
Muir Beach
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Carmel
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
Anaheim
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
Huntington Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
San Francisco

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Muir Beach

Muir Beach ©
Muir Beach is a census designated place (CDP), unincorporated community, and beach that is located 16.5mi northwest of San Francisco in western Marin County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Muir Woods National Monument, and then browse the fresh offerings at Marin County Farmers' Market--San Rafael.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Muir Beach itinerary planner.

San Francisco to Muir Beach is an approximately 1-hour car ride. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from San Francisco in December since evenings lows in Muir Beach dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Muir Beach

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Marin County Farmers' Market--San Rafael, Muir Woods National Monument
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Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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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.
On the 26th (Tue), make a trip to Olmsted Point, cruise along Tioga Pass, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Muir Beach to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. When traveling from Muir Beach in December, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 7°C by day to -11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point

2
days
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): cruise along 17-Mile Drive, then meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and then pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach ©

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days
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and finally admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains. On the next day, examine the collection at The Mob Museum and then don't miss a visit to The Strip.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas itinerary maker.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Carmel to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Las Vegas are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains
The Strip ©
The Strip

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): trek along South Kaibab Trail, admire the striking features of Lookout Studio, and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip builder.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park. Traveling from Las Vegas in December, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are a bit cooler (7°C), and nights are colder (-11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Lookout Studio ©
Lookout Studio

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days
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Keys View and then appreciate the views at Hidden Valley Nature Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Joshua Tree National Park, identify plant and animal life at Barker Dam Trail, and then make a trip to Arch Rock.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Joshua Tree National Park trip builder.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Joshua Tree National Park in 6.5 hours. 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 January, things will get warmer in Joshua Tree National Park: highs are around 26°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Joshua Tree National Park
Highlights from your plan
Keys View ©
Keys View
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock

2
days
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then see the interesting displays at Lone Pine Film History Museums. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at General Grant Tree Trail and then take a peaceful walk through Grant Grove.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park travel planner.

Drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in January, with highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park at 17°C and lows at -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Lone Pine Film History Museums
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
General Sherman Tree ©
General Sherman Tree
Lone Pine Film History Museums
Lone Pine Film History Museums

2
days
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 7th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, meet the residents at Santa Barbara Zoo, and then take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf. Keep things going the next day: savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Santa Barbara in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. In January, Santa Barbara is somewhat warmer than Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park - with highs of 21°C and lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Santa Barbara Zoo
Santa Barbara Zoo
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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days
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 9th (Tue): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood. On the next day, make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, then see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online itinerary creator.

Getting from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Getty Center The Publications ©
Getty Center The Publications

2
days
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): discover the magic at Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Disney California Adventure Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Anaheim travel planner.

Anaheim is just a short distance from Los Angeles. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Huntington Beach.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park
Disney California Adventure Park

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Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach ©
On the 13th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Mission San Juan Capistrano, stroll through Newport Beach, and then make a trip to Huntington Beach Pier. On your second day here, take in the waterfront at San Clemente Pier, stroll through Heisler Park, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Huntington Beach trip generator.

Huntington Beach is just a short distance from Anaheim. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Huntington Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Heisler Park, Helicopter Tours, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Newport Beach, San Clemente Pier
Highlights from your plan
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach
Heisler Park ©
Heisler Park
Helicopter Tours

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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.
On the 15th (Mon), see the interesting displays at San Diego Air & Space Museum and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): meet the residents at SeaWorld San Diego.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip builder.

You can drive from Huntington Beach to San Diego in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in January, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
San Diego Air & Space Museum ©
San Diego Air & Space Museum

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Attractions like Exploratorium and Japanese Tea Garden make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and stroll through Fort Funston National Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Diego in January, with highs in San Francisco at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences

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San Diego

San Diego
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): examine the collection at San Diego Air & Space Museum and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: laugh and play at SeaWorld San Diego.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the San Diego custom trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to San Diego takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, San Diego is somewhat warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
San Diego Air & Space Museum ©
San Diego Air & Space Museum

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