13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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13 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Beverly Hills
— 3 nights
bus:  30​min
3
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive + bus:  8​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

3
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Chinatown, Hollywood Sign, Hollywood Walk of Fame, and other attractions you added. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological and Meditation Mount. Venture out of the city with trips to Harbor Beach (in Oceanside), Ventura (Mission San Buenaventura & Ventura to Ojai Paved Bike Path) and Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at San Clemente State Beach, stroll through Salt Creek Beach, and explore and take pictures at Ojai Olive Oil.

Plan my day in Los Angeles using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport, Ontario International Airport and San Bernardino International Airport. In December, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Beverly Hills.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ojai, Ventura, Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological, Santa Monica Mountains, Harbor Beach
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological ©
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological
San Clemente State Beach ©
San Clemente State Beach

3
nights
Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills ©
Beverly Hills is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States, surrounded by the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood. Rodeo Drive has been added to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mission San Buenaventura, kick back and relax at El Matador State Beach, and then shop like a local with Rodeo Drive.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Beverly Hills trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Beverly Hills by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in December; daily highs in Beverly Hills reach 22°C and lows reach 11°C. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Beverly Hills

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Ventura, Santa Monica Mountains, The Gentle Barn, El Matador State Beach
Highlights from your plan
El Matador State Beach ©
El Matador State Beach
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
Mission San Buenaventura ©
Mission San Buenaventura

1
night
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 Santa Monica Pier. On the 29th (Sun), take a leisurely stroll along Hermosa Beach Pier and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at R6 Distillery. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Zuma Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at El Matador State Beach, and then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Santa Monica trip builder tool .

Santa Monica is very close to Beverly Hills. In December in Santa Monica, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Malibu, R6 Distillery, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
El Matador State Beach ©
El Matador State Beach
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 25th (Wed), explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon and then explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Telescope Peak trail, take in breathtaking views at Titus Canyon, and then take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park tour app .

Getting from Santa Monica to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Santa Monica in December, with highs in Death Valley National Park at 15°C and lows at 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon
The Ranch at Furnace Creek ©
The Ranch at Furnace Creek

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, trek along Panorama Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Olmsted Point, then stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, and then hike along Pacific Crest Trail.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip builder site .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in December: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 9°C and lows are around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Pacific Crest Trail
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Tenaya Lake ©
Tenaya Lake

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