12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 1 night
Bus:  45​min
3
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Paso Robles
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  8​h 15​min
End: New York City

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Golden Gate Park, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner .

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from New York City to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in December: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 59°F and lows are around 45°F. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Thu) before leaving for Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Golden Gate Park ©
Golden Gate Park

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe and then contemplate the long history of Cannery Row.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Monterey route website .

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Historic Sites Museums
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Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row
Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe ©
Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe

1
night
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 28th (Fri): kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and finally get lost in a book at Henry Miller Memorial Library.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Big Sur journey planner.

You can take a bus from Monterey to Big Sur in an hour. Another option is to drive. In December, daytime highs in Big Sur are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

2
nights
Paso Robles

Paso Robles ©
A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): do a tasting at McPrice Myers Winery. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Eberle Winery, then learn about winemaking at Derby Wine Estates, and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Paso Robles road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Paso Robles takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier evenings in Paso Robles when traveling from Big Sur in December, with lows around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Wineries Tours
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Tobin James Cellars ©
Tobin James Cellars
Wine Tours & Tastings
Derby Wine Estates ©
Derby Wine Estates

1
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.
Before you visit Los Angeles, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Paso Robles to Los Angeles by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In December, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than Paso Robles - with highs of 69°F and lows of 49°F. You will leave for San Diego on the 1st (Tue).

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Tours

3
nights
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.
San Diego is known for museums, zoos & aquariums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, explore the galleries of Maritime Museum of San Diego, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego road trip planner .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. January in San Diego sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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