12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive
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Monterey
— 1 night
Drive
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Big Sur
— Few hours
Drive
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San Luis Obispo
— Few hours
Drive
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Pismo Beach
— 1 night
Drive
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Solvang
— Few hours
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly

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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Muir Woods National Monument, Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar and Golden Gate Park. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): walk around Golden Gate Park, then examine the collection at de Young Museum, and then join in the after-dark buzz at Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco driving holiday planner.

Washington DC to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and subway. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Washington DC in December, with highs in San Francisco at 59°F and lows at 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Nightlife · Museums

Side Trip

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St. Helena

The Heart Of Napa Valley

The city of St.
To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Helena vacation planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect little chillier with lows of 36°F in St. Helena. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Outdoors

1
night
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 29th (Sun), explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, visit a coastal fixture at Point Pinos Lighthouse, and then stroll around Dennis the Menace Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Monterey trip app.

Getting from St. Helena to Monterey by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or fly. Traveling from St. Helena in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 43°F in Monterey. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trip

few
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Big Sur

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Big Sur road trip app.

You can drive from Monterey to Big Sur in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Big Sur

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. Your day by day itinerary now includes Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. On the 30th (Mon), take in the history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your San Luis Obispo trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to San Luis Obispo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

1
night
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Plan my day in Pismo Beach using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Pismo Beach is just a stone's throw from San Luis Obispo. In December, daily temperatures in Pismo Beach can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. On the 31st (Tue), you're off to Solvang.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Wineries · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

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Solvang

Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): see the interesting displays at Hans Christian Andersen Museum and then pause for some serene contemplation at Bethania Lutheran Church.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Solvang online tour builder.

Getting from Pismo Beach to Solvang by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Pismo Beach in December since evenings lows in Solvang dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Solvang

Historic Sites · Museums

1
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Santa Barbara

The American Riviera

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.
To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Santa Barbara route planner.

Getting from Solvang to Santa Barbara by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Santa Barbara are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. You'll set off for Los Angeles on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors · Parks · Wineries · Tours

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Los Angeles

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Petersen Automotive Museum. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Crystal Cove and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll explore and learn at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Santa Barbara in January, with lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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nights
San Diego

America's Finest City

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes San Diego Zoo Safari Park as well as San Diego Zoo. On the 4th (Sat), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip builder website.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. On the 5th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.