12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Syracuse
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

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 23rd (Sat): get curious at Exploratorium and then browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Bodega Head and then learn about winemaking at Castello di Amorosa.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco vacation planner.

Syracuse to San Francisco is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Syracuse to San Francisco. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Syracuse in December, with highs in San Francisco at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Bodega Head, Castello di Amorosa, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take a leisurely stroll along Oceanside Pier and then take in the waterfront at Seaport Village. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, then immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and then stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Diego tour planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to San Diego takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 22°C and lows are around 13°C. On the 28th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Monterey.

Things to do in San Diego

Historic Sites Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Oceanside Pier
Highlights from your plan
Oceanside Pier ©
Oceanside Pier
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On your second day here, stroll through Lovers Point, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Monterey trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from San Diego to Monterey in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Diego in December: high temperatures in Monterey hover around 19°C and lows are around 6°C. You'll set off for Yosemite National Park on the 31st (Sun).

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Carmel, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

3
nights
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, then explore the striking landscape at Lembert Dome, and then cruise along Tioga Pass.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park vacation planner.

You can drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Monterey, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of -11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

El Portal Market
Highlights from your plan
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Lembert Dome ©
Lembert Dome

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