12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Roseville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: San Francisco

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at San Francisco Bay and Wine Tours & Tastings. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and VJB Cellars (in Kenwood). There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lands End, and stroll around Crissy Field.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip planning website .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

VJB Cellars, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Marin Headlands
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Wine Tours & Tastings

1
night
Monterey

Monterey
Monterey is a city in the U.S. For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Monterey trip maker app .

Getting from San Francisco to Monterey by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Monterey, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. On the 31st (Tue), you're off toSanta Barbara.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
night
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 31st (Tue): make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, trek along Cabrillo Bike Path, and then take in the history at Old Mission Santa Ines. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ponder the world of politics at Ventura City Hall, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mission San Buenaventura, and then get lost in a book at Camarillo Public Library.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara itinerary website .

Getting from Monterey to Santa Barbara by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Ventura, Old Mission Santa Ines, Camarillo Public Library
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Camarillo Public Library ©
Camarillo Public Library
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Old Mission Santa Ines ©
Old Mission Santa Ines

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.
Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, about 36 minutes away. Pack the 4th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: get advice or help at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and see the interesting displays at The Nethercutt Collection.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles visit planning site .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 11°C in Los Angeles. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Roseville.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

2
nights
Roseville

Roseville ©
Roseville is the largest city in Placer County, California, United States, in the Sacramento metropolitan area. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): trek along Miners Ravine Trail Loop, look for gifts at Westfield Galleria at Roseville, then explore the world behind art at Blue Line Arts, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Antique Trove. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Roseville Utility Exploration Center, then let little ones run wild at Bounce U, and then see the interesting displays at Roseville Telephone Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Roseville trip itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Los Angeles to Roseville. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in January, with highs in Roseville at 15°C and lows at 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Roseville

Parks Shopping Outdoors
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Bounce U ©
Bounce U
Roseville Telephone Museum ©
Roseville Telephone Museum
Roseville Utility Exploration Center ©

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