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
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
1
New York City
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Napa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
End: San Francisco

1
night
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): shop like a local with SoHo, then wander the streets of Washington Square Park, then take a stroll through Greenwich Village, and finally wander the streets of Dumbo. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Central Park and then take a stroll through Times Square.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the New York City visit planner .

San Francisco to New York City is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. In December, New York City is little chillier than San Francisco - with highs of 48°F and lows of 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Dumbo
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Greenwich Village ©
Greenwich Village
Times Square ©
Times Square
Dumbo ©
Dumbo

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like San Gregorio State Beach and Capitola Beach. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Big Basin Redwoods State Park (in Boulder Creek), Half Moon Bay (Half Moon Bay State Beach & Pescadero State Beach) and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through The Embarcadero, stroll through Baker Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner .

Getting from New York City to San Francisco by combination of bus and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Francisco. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in December, with highs in San Francisco at 59°F and lows at 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Half Moon Bay, San Gregorio State Beach, Capitola Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Big Basin Redwoods State Park
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Big Basin Redwoods State Park ©
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Capitola Beach ©
Capitola Beach
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve

2
nights
Napa

Napa ©
Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
On the 28th (Sat), learn about winemaking at Caldwell Vineyard, do a tasting at Porter Family Vineyards, then Head underground at Jarvis Estate, and finally learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Robert Biale Vineyards, do a tasting at Hendry Ranch Wines, and then learn about winemaking at Fontanella Family Winery.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Napa trip planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Napa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Napa, with lows of 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Nature Parks

Side Trip

B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
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Caldwell Vineyard ©
Caldwell Vineyard
Fontanella Family Winery ©
Fontanella Family Winery
Porter Family Vineyards ©
Porter Family Vineyards

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakeside Beach, indulge your thirst for a good beer at South Lake Brewing Co, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Rubicon Trail.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Napa to South Lake Tahoe takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Napa in December, things will get little chillier in South Lake Tahoe: highs are around 45°F and lows about 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Trails

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
On the 1st (Wed), take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

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Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in December, expect nights in San Francisco to be much warmer, around 45°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Tours Nature
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Wine Tours & Tastings

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