10 days in United States Itinerary

10 days in United States Itinerary

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10 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Buffalo
Fly:  7 h
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
3
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 45 min
End: Buffalo

3
nights
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Crystal Cove and Newport Beach. Get some cultural insight at The Getty Center and The Broad. The adventure continues: enjoy some diversion at California Science Center, explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, examine the collection at The Nethercutt Collection, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles road trip planning website .

Buffalo to Los Angeles is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Buffalo to Los Angeles is minus 3 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Buffalo in December: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 24°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Newport Beach, Crystal Cove
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach

2
nights
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.
On the 29th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Cabrillo Bike Path, enjoy the sand and surf at Carpinteria State Beach, and then admire the architecture and history at Old Mission Santa Ines.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara day trip website .

Getting from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Santa Barbara, with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Old Mission Santa Ines, Carpinteria State Beach
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Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Arroyo Burro County Beach Park ©
Arroyo Burro County Beach Park
Old Mission Santa Ines ©
Old Mission Santa Ines

2
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
On the 31st (Tue), do a tasting at J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, then trek along Los Gatos Creek Trail, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Jose itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Santa Barbara to San Jose takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Santa Barbara in December, plan for little chillier days in San Jose, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites Outdoors Wineries
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Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph ©
Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral ©
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines ©
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 1st (Wed), snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, and then examine the collection at Walt Disney Family Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and finally steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

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Traveling by car from San Jose to San Francisco takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. In January, daytime highs in San Francisco are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands

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