15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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Big Sur
— 1 day
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Solvang
— 1 night
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Ventura
— 2 nights
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Santa Monica
— 1 night
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Pasadena
— 2 nights
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
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Tucson
— 2 nights
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Palm Desert
— 2 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
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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 29th (Tue): admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, immerse yourself in nature at Limekiln State Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of New Camaldoli Hermitage, and finally trek along Partington Cove.

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San Francisco to Big Sur is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In November in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Solvang.
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Solvang — 1 night

Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Labyrinth at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, learn about winemaking at Barbieri Wines, do a tasting at Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio, then do a tasting at Epiphany Cellars, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bethania Lutheran Church.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Solvang journey planning website.

You can drive from Big Sur to Solvang in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Big Sur in November, expect nights in Solvang to be slightly colder, around 42°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ventura.
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Ventura — 2 nights

Ventura, officially the City of San Buenaventura, is the county seat of Ventura County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve, then kick back and relax at East Beach, then get to know the fascinating history of The Historic La Arcada Courtyard, and finally do a tasting at Summerland Winery. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Serra Cross Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Butterfly Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Carpinteria Harbor Seal Preserve and Rookery, and finally take some stellar pictures from Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve.

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Traveling by car from Solvang to Ventura takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Solvang in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Ventura, with lows of 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Santa Monica.
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Santa Monica — 1 night

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

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.
On the 3rd (Sat), shop like a local with Montana Avenue, then contemplate the long history of Greystone Mansion and Park, then kick back and relax at Marina Beach, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Ocean Avenue.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Ventura to Santa Monica takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Santa Monica are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Pasadena.
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Pasadena — 2 nights

City of Roses

Known as the "City of Roses," Pasadena hosts the annual Rose Bowl parade and football game.
On the 4th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Andrew Church, examine the collection at Mission San Gabriel Archangel, then identify plant and animal life at Henninger Flats Campground, and finally grab your bike and head to Big Santa Anita Canyon.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Pasadena travel planning site.

You can drive from Santa Monica to Pasadena in an hour. Other options are to ride a tram; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Monica in December, expect Pasadena to be slightly colder, temps between 55°F and 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Joshua Tree National Park.
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Joshua Tree National Park — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, then hike along Split Rock, and then stroll through Arch Rock Nature Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Wall Street Mill, then steep yourself in history at Keys Ranch, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cap Rock at Joshua Tree.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Joshua Tree National Park planner.

You can fly from Pasadena to Joshua Tree National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Pasadena in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Joshua Tree National Park, with highs around 61°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can fly to Tucson.
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Tucson — 2 nights

Old Pueblo

One of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, Tucson is a city on a cultural crossroads, with European, Native American, Mexican, and Asian residents blending and sometimes conflicting with one another.
Get in touch with nature at Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch and Catalina State Park. Explore hidden gems such as Picacho Peak State Park and Fox Theater. Next up on the itinerary: go all around town with Reisen Arizona Day Tours, sample the tasty concoctions at Pueblo Vida Brewing Company, take a memorable drive along Cactus Forest Drive, and look for all kinds of wild species at Tucson Mountain Park West.

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Traveling by flight from Joshua Tree National Park to Tucson takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Joshua Tree National Park to Tucson due to the time zone difference. December in Tucson sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can fly to Palm Desert.
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Palm Desert — 2 nights

Palm Desert is a city in Riverside County, California, United States, in the Coachella Valley, approximately 14 miles (23 km) east of Palm Springs and 122 miles (196 km) east of Los Angeles. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Coachella Valley History Museum, tee off at Indian Wells Golf Club, then view the masterpieces at CODA Gallery, and finally don't miss a visit to Desert Holocaust Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Palm Desert Cross Hiking Trail, trek along Art Smith Trail, and then take a memorable drive along Indian Vista Scenic Overlook.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Palm Desert trip planner.

Getting from Tucson to Palm Desert by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Tucson to Palm Desert is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Tucson in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Palm Desert, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.
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Death Valley National Park — 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): get great views at Father Crowley Vista Point, explore the stunning scenery at Natural Bridge Canyon, steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, then explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, then contemplate the long history of Charcoal Kilns, and finally contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, tour the pleasant surroundings at Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, and then Head underground at Titus Canyon.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park online vacation builder.

Drive from Palm Desert to Death Valley National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Palm Desert in December: high temperatures in Death Valley National Park hover around 56°F and lows are around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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United States travel guide

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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.
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