10 days in West Coast Trip-Option3

10 days in West Coast Trip-Option3

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Santa Clara
— 1 night
Drive
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Big Sur
— 1 day
Drive
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Bakersfield
— 1 night
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive
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Solvang
— 1 night
Drive
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Monterey
— 1 day
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Santa Clara
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Santa Clara

— 1 night
Santa Clara is a city in Santa Clara County, California. On the 21st (Sat), appreciate the history behind Google Android Lawn Statues, steep yourself in history at Winchester Mystery House, and then get lost in a book at Central Park Library.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Santa Clara online attractions planner.

Boston to Santa Clara is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Boston in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Santa Clara: highs are around 61°F and lows about 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Santa Clara

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Big Sur

— 1 day

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 22nd (Sun): kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then admire the natural beauty at Hawthorne Gallery, and finally take in the views from Bixby Bridge.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Big Sur trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Santa Clara to Big Sur in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December, daytime highs in Big Sur are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Bakersfield.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Bakersfield

— 1 night
To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bakersfield holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Bakersfield takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in December, and nighttime lows around 39°F. You will leave for Death Valley National Park on the 23rd (Mon).

Things to do in Bakersfield

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Death Valley National Park

— 3 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Death Valley National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, explore and take pictures at Artists Dr, take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and explore the activities along Badwater Basin.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Bakersfield to Death Valley National Park in 3.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Bakersfield in December: high temperatures in Death Valley National Park hover around 56°F and lows are around 33°F. On the 26th (Thu), you're off to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Joshua Tree National Park

— 3 nights
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Barker Dam Trail, then admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Keys View.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Joshua Tree National Park trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Joshua Tree National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Death Valley National Park in December since evenings lows in Joshua Tree National Park dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Los Angeles

— 1 night

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 Malibu Pier, Santa Monica Bay and Griffith Observatory. On the 29th (Sun), look and learn at Griffith Observatory and then take in the waterfront at Malibu Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier and then contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Monica Bay.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles visit planner.

Drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 69°F and lows about 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Solvang.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Nature · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Solvang

— 1 night
Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Solvang trip planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to Solvang by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Los Angeles in December since evenings lows in Solvang dip to 37°F. On the 31st (Tue), you'll travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Solvang

Wineries · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Monterey

— 1 day
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Your day by day itinerary now includes 17-Mile Drive. Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): cruise along 17-Mile Drive.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Monterey holiday maker app.

Traveling by car from Solvang to Monterey takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Solvang in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Monterey, with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Clara.

Things to do in Monterey

Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Santa Clara

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Santa Clara trip maker site.

You can drive from Monterey to Santa Clara in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 31st (Tue), you're off to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Clara

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

San Francisco

— 2 nights

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 Ghirardelli Square, City Segway Tours San Francisco and Lombard Street. On the 1st (Wed), see the sights in a new way with City Segway Tours San Francisco, then take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, and then don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): browse the different shops at Ghirardelli Square, then make a trip to Lombard Street, and then stroll around Golden Gate Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco online road trip planner.

Getting from Santa Clara to San Francisco by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.