12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
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Los Angeles
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
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Santa Monica
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
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Malibu
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
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Big Sur
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
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Carmel
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
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Pacific Grove
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
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Half Moon Bay
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 30​min
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Truckee
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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South Lake Tahoe
— Few hours
taxi + bus:  3​h 30​min
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Yosemite National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
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San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
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Newport Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
End: Los Angeles

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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.
To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary site .

If you are flying in from Italy, the closest major airports are Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport and Ontario International Airport. December in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 25th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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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.
To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Monica trip planner .

Santa Monica is just a short distance from Los Angeles. December in Santa Monica sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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Malibu

Malibu
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Malibu road trip site .

Malibu is very close to Santa Monica. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. You'll set off for Big Sur on the 26th (Wed).

Things to do in Malibu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Big Sur trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Malibu to Big Sur takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Malibu in December, expect Big Sur to be a bit cooler, temps between 19°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for the bus ride to Carmel.

Things to do in Big Sur

Wineries

Side Trip

Talbott Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Talbott Vineyards ©
Talbott Vineyards

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Carmel

Carmel
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Carmel online tour itinerary planner .

Carmel is just a stone's throw from Big Sur. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Pacific Grove.

Things to do in Carmel

Historic Sites

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Pacific Grove

Pacific Grove
Pacific Grove is a coastal city in Monterey County, California in the United States. To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Pacific Grove trip itinerary planning tool .

Pacific Grove is very close to Carmel. December in Pacific Grove sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. On the 26th (Wed), you'll travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Pacific Grove

Outdoors Parks Tours

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Pacific Grove to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in December, and nighttime lows around 8°C. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Half Moon Bay.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands

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Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay ©
Half Moon Bay is a coastal city in San Mateo County, California, United States. To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Half Moon Bay day trip planning app .

You can drive from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In December in Half Moon Bay, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Truckee.

Things to do in Half Moon Bay

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Montara Point Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Montara Point Lighthouse ©
Montara Point Lighthouse

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Truckee

Truckee
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Truckee online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Half Moon Bay to Truckee in 4 hours. Traveling from Half Moon Bay in December, expect nights in Truckee to be much colder, around -11°C, while days are slightly colder, around 5°C. On the 29th (Sat), you'll travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors Parks Tours

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South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe driving holiday planner .

Getting from Truckee to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in South Lake Tahoe are 8°C, while nighttime lows are -8°C. You will leave for Yosemite National Park on the 29th (Sat).

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Tours

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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.
To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip maker tool .

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park by combination of taxi and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in December, Yosemite National Park is little chillier at night with lows of -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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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.
To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with highs around 17°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 2°C. You'll set off for Death Valley National Park on the 30th (Sun).

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip builder tool .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

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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.
On the 30th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip planning app .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 4°C in Las Vegas. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Lake Mead National Recreation Area ©

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to La Jolla Cove and San Diego Zoo. Get some historical perspective at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Change things up with a short trip to Oceanside Pier in Oceanside (about 1h 05 min away). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, explore the galleries of Maritime Museum of San Diego, appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, and contemplate the long history of Mormon Battalion Historic Site.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego sightseeing planner .

Fly from Las Vegas to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in January, expect San Diego to be somewhat warmer, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Newport Beach.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Oceanside Pier
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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Newport Beach

Newport Beach ©
City beaches line the coast from the Balboa Peninsula to the Santa Ana River in Newport Beach.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Mission San Juan Capistrano, then admire the majestic nature at Crystal Cove, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Heisler Park.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Newport Beach holiday app .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Newport Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Newport Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Laguna Beach, Mission San Juan Capistrano
Highlights from your plan
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Heisler Park ©
Heisler Park
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano

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