32 days in United States Itinerary

32 days in United States Itinerary

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32 days in United States Itinerary

Washington DC
train + bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Santa Monica
— 4 nights
bus + Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
+3
taxi + bus + Fly + bus:  13​h
Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
Las Vegas
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
Zion National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  9​h 30​min
Washington DC

3
days
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.
Get outdoors at La Jolla Cove and San Diego Zoo. You'll get in some beach time at Mission Beach Park and Children's Pool. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and kick back and relax at Black's Beach.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Diego trip maker website

Washington DC to San Diego is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to San Diego. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in December; daily highs in San Diego reach 66°F and lows reach 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo

3
days
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Popular historic sites such as El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Santa Monica Pier are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Monica: Hollywood & Highland (in Los Angeles) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). It doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica Beach and examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Santa Monica route builder app

You can drive from San Diego to Santa Monica in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Santa Monica, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Disneyland Park
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Santa Monica Beach ©
Santa Monica Beach

1
day
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 22nd (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos State Reserve and then stop by The Cheese Shop.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Carmel trip planner

Getting from Santa Monica to Carmel by combination of bus, flight, and taxi takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of tram, train, and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Santa Monica in December; daily highs in Carmel reach 60°F and lows reach 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
The Cheese Shop
The Cheese Shop

4
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Baker Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Fort Funston National Park and Miramar Beach. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Moss Beach to see Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, get to know the fascinating history of The Embarcadero, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip website

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. December in San Francisco sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Miramar Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Baker Beach ©
Baker Beach

4
days
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.
Visiting Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows will get you outdoors. On the 29th (Sat), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park travel planning app

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 44°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 14°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

5
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Canyon Village Marketplace and Lookout Studio. Get outdoors at Rim Trail and South Kaibab Trail. On the 4th (Fri), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, and trek along North Kaibab Trail.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip planner

Do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January in Grand Canyon National Park, expect temperatures between 44°F during the day and 15°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

5
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.
Shop till you drop at The Strip and The Grand Canal Shoppes. Step out of the city life by going to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Take a break from Las Vegas with a short trip to Hoover Dam in Boulder City, about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas, try to win big at The Venetian, and examine the collection at The Mob Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip builder

Do a combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 58°F by day to 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Tours

Side Trips

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains

2
days
Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at The Narrows.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park trip planner

Getting from Las Vegas to Zion National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Las Vegas in January: high temperatures in Zion National Park hover around 53°F and lows are around 22°F. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Rock Stop, Fort Zion Gift Shop, Petting Farm, Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor
Highlights from your plan
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Rock Stop ©
Rock Stop

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