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
— 1 day
Drive:  30​min
2
Santa Monica
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
3
Malibu
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
4
Santa Cruz
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Half Moon Bay
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
6
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Truckee
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
South Lake Tahoe
— Few hours
Drive:  6​h 30​min
9
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h
10
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
12
San Diego
— 2 nights
13
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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.
You've added Venice Beach and Boardwalk, Los Angeles National Cemetery, Travel Town, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): see some familiar sights at Paramount Pictures - Studio Tours, make a trip to Hollywood Sign, then explore the engaging exhibits at Travel Town, then stroll the grounds of Los Angeles National Cemetery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

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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. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles National Cemetery ©
Los Angeles National Cemetery
Travel Town ©
Travel Town

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Third Street Promenade as well as Harvelle's Blues Club.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica tour app .

Santa Monica is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in December, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Nightlife Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Harvelle's Blues Club ©
Harvelle's Blues Club
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

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Malibu

Malibu
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Malibu itinerary planner.

Malibu is very close to Santa Monica. In December, daytime highs in Malibu are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. On the 27th (Thu), you're off toSanta Cruz.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks Outdoors Nature

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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Santa Cruz trip builder app .

Drive from Malibu to Santa Cruz in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Malibu in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Santa Cruz, with lows of 5°C. You'll set off for Half Moon Bay on the 27th (Thu).

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Parks Tours

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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 photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Half Moon Bay road trip planner .

Drive from Santa Cruz to Half Moon Bay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Half Moon Bay can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. On the 27th (Thu), you're off toSan Francisco.

Things to do in Half Moon Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Golden Gate Park has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Baker Beach and then stroll through Golden Gate Park.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip maker app .

You can drive from Half Moon Bay to San Francisco in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. On the 29th (Sat), you'll travel to Truckee.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Baker Beach ©
Baker Beach
Golden Gate Park ©
Golden Gate Park

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Truckee

Truckee
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Truckee sightseeing tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Truckee takes 3.5 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Truckee, ranging from highs of 5°C to lows of -11°C. On the 29th (Sat), you'll travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

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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, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe journey website .

Traveling by car from Truckee to South Lake Tahoe takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in December, and nighttime lows around -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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day
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 reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online 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 somewhat warmer days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with highs around 17°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 2°C. You'll set off for Death Valley National Park on the 31st (Mon).

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, then steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, and then don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 7 hours. December in Death Valley National Park sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to 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
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes ©
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, take a stroll through The Strip, and then listen to music at Bellagio Fountains.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in December, Las Vegas is a bit warmer at night with lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Old Point Loma Lighthouse and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Diego trip planning app .

Getting from Las Vegas to San Diego by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in January; daily highs in San Diego reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
On the 4th (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, then get engrossed in the history at Avila Adobe, then look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and finally don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay
Avila Adobe ©
Avila Adobe
Hollywood Walk of Fame ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame

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