11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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11 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Drive:  5​h
1
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  11​h
2
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Long Beach
— 1 night
6
Los Angeles
— 1 night
7
Anaheim
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
End: San Francisco

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night
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.
To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

San Francisco to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. While traveling from San Francisco, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 46°F to lows of 14°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

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nights
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.
You've added Fremont Street Experience, Mirage Volcano, Casino at the Venetian, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Fremont Street Experience and then take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip planning app .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Las Vegas in 9 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in December: highs in Las Vegas hover around 57°F, while lows dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Badwater Basin
Highlights from your plan
Fremont Street Experience ©
Fremont Street Experience
Casino at the Venetian ©
Casino at the Venetian

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night
Palm Springs

Palm Springs
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Palm Springs road trip planning site .

Getting from Las Vegas to Palm Springs by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in December, expect Palm Springs to be a bit warmer, temps between 70°F and 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Outdoors Parks Golf

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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Point Loma, La Jolla Cove, Coronado Bridge, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): snap pictures at Coronado Bridge, then take in the dramatic natural features at Point Loma, and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo and then let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego travel website .

Drive from Palm Springs to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in San Diego, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 51°F at night. You'll set off for Long Beach on the 29th (Sat).

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

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Long Beach

Long Beach ©
Long Beach has long been overshadowed by its bigger and more famous neighbor known as the City of Angels.
You've added California State University Long Beach, Lake Hollywood Park, Naples Island, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): explore and take pictures at California State University Long Beach, go for a walk through Belmont Shore, then wander the streets of Downtown Long Beach, and finally step off the mainland to explore Naples Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Hollywood Park, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Long Beach online driving holiday planner .

Getting from San Diego to Long Beach by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. December in Long Beach sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Long Beach

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Lake Hollywood Park ©
Lake Hollywood Park
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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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.
To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planning app .

Los Angeles is very close to Long Beach. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in December, and nighttime lows around 49°F. On the 31st (Mon), you'll travel to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Newport Beach
Highlights from your plan
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach

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night
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Anaheim trip planner.

Anaheim is just a short distance from Los Angeles. In December, daily temperatures in Anaheim can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. You will leave for Santa Barbara on the 1st (Tue).

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara
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.
To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Anaheim to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Anaheim in January, with highs in Santa Barbara at 66°F and lows at 43°F. You will leave for home on the 2nd (Wed).

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Parks Tours

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