15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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15 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Drive:  2​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Olympic Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Monterey
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: San Diego

2
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.
For shopping fun, head to Melrose Trading Post or The Grove. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall, get to know the fascinating history of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, and stop by Amoeba Music.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles tour planner.

San Diego to Los Angeles is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Nightlife Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Melrose Trading Post ©
Melrose Trading Post
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
El Pueblo de Los Angeles ©
El Pueblo de Los Angeles

2
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Change things up with a short trip to Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park (about 1h 25 min away). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Lamar Valley, look for all kinds of wild species at Lehardy's Rapids, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Washburn, and get great views at Lookout Point.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yellowstone National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Yellowstone National Park. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, things will get much colder in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 23°F and lows about 3°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Grand Teton
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Square. The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, and sample the fine beverages at Hotaling & Co..

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in December: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 59°F and lows are around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Olympic Valley.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

1
night
Olympic Valley

Olympic Valley ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): wander the streets of Historic Downtown Truckee, then enjoy the sand and surf at West End Beach, and then learn about winemaking at Truckee River Winery.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Olympic Valley day trip planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Olympic Valley in 3.5 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Olympic Valley: temperatures range from 41°F by day to 15°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Olympic Valley

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Truckee
Highlights from your plan
Truckee River Winery ©
Truckee River Winery

3
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and look for gifts at Yosemite Museum Gallery.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Olympic Valley to Yosemite National Park. In December, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 14°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
McGurk Meadow ©
McGurk Meadow
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): kick back and relax at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge and then immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Point Lobos and then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Monterey trip planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Pfeiffer State Beach, Point Lobos
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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