13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive
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Temecula
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Occidental
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Truckee
— 1 night
Drive
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South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
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San Diego

— 2 nights

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas (about 32 minutes away). There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, and admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip tool.

Lafayette to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. December in San Diego sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Temecula.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · Museums

Side Trip

Temecula

— 1 night
Temecula represents Southern California's wine country.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): stop by Old Town Spice & Tea Merchants, see Temecula Valley Jeep & Wine Tours, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Martha Catholic Church, and finally test your team's savvy at MindTrap Escape Room.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Temecula online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Temecula in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from San Diego in December since evenings lows in Temecula dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Temecula

Tours · Wineries · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Santa Barbara

— 2 nights

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.
On the 25th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf, meet the residents at Santa Barbara Zoo, and then admire the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Temecula to Santa Barbara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in December, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Occidental.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours · Wineries · Museums · Historic Sites

Occidental

— 1 night
Occidental is a census-designated place (CDP) in Sonoma County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): stop by Bohemian Creamery, view the masterpieces at Patrick Amiot, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Spirit Works Distillery, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at Sonoma Canopy Tours.

Plan trip to Occidental with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Santa Barbara to Occidental in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Santa Barbara in December; daily highs in Occidental reach 60°F and lows reach 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Occidental

Wildlife · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
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.
categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Half Dome, take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, surround yourself with nature on YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours, and look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Occidental to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Occidental, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 46°F to lows of 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Truckee.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Truckee

— 1 night
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): ski along the peaceful trails at Tahoe Donner Cross Country, see the world from above with HeliTahoe, and then glide through natural beauty at Tahoe Cross Country.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Truckee trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yosemite National Park to Truckee. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in December: highs in Truckee hover around 41°F, while lows dip to 15°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trip

South Lake Tahoe

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): soothe aching muscles at Lake Tahoe Yoga and then stroll through Rock House Discount Ski & Snowboard Rentals.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe trip maker app.

Getting from Truckee to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in South Lake Tahoe can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 19°F. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Spas

Side Trip

United States travel guide

4.5
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.

Sonoma County travel guide

4.8
Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · State Parks
Less than an hour from San Francisco, Sonoma County bills itself as the "Number 1 Wine Destination in the U.S." for good reason. Though not as famous as the neighboring Napa Valley, Sonoma County features a rolling landscape dotted with over 250 wineries. The county ranks among the country's most agriculturally productive regions. It turns out not only some of America's finest grapes, but also hops, prunes, and apples. The county manages to cling to its leisurely way of life--which is how the local nickname "Slow-noma" got started (despite the fact that the valley attracts nearly 8 million tourists annually)--and is really more about simple enjoyment than a jam-packed sightseeing itinerary. Napa may be better known, but as the crowds of visitors continue to clog the roads there, Sonoma's appeal as a vacation destination only grows.