16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Oakville
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
3
Monterey
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h 15​min
4
Santa Monica
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Muir Woods National Monument, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco online itinerary creator.

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to San Francisco. In December, San Francisco is colder than Sydney - with highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Oakville.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay

few
hours
Oakville

Oakville ©
Oakville is a census-designated place (CDP) in the of Napa County, northern California.The population was 71 at the 2010 census.The local economy is based on Napa Valley wine production, and Oakville was formally declared a distinct appellation within the Napa Valley AVA in 1993. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): learn about winemaking at V. Sattui, learn about winemaking at Tudal Winery, and then step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Oakville itinerary builder.

You can drive from San Francisco to Oakville in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of subway and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Oakville, with lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Oakville

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

St. Helena, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
V. Sattui Winery ©
V. Sattui Winery
Tudal Winery ©
Tudal Winery

4
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kids will appreciate attractions like Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Pfeiffer State Beach. Visit Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and Asilomar State Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of Monterey with an excursion to McWay Falls in Big Sur--about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, do a tasting at Pierce Ranch Vineyards, and explore the activities along Monterey Bay.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey travel planner.

You can drive from Oakville to Monterey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, subway, and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. Traveling from Oakville in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Monterey, with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Big Sur, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

few
hours
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.
On the 20th (Wed), make a trip to Santa Monica Pier and then immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Monterey to Santa Monica in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Monterey in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Santa Monica, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors Beaches Nature
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, learn about winemaking at Jaffurs Wine Cellars, then steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, and finally take a stroll through State Street.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Monica in December, Santa Barbara is a bit cooler at night with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites Shopping Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse
Jaffurs Wine Cellars ©
Jaffurs Wine Cellars

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Disneyland Park and Universal Studios Hollywood. Take a break from the city and head to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disney California Adventure Park, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications and explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles tour planner.

Getting from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 11°C in Los Angeles. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

2
nights
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.
On the 26th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Carlsbad State Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Shores Park.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Diego itinerary maker.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in San Diego are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

South Carlsbad State Beach
Highlights from your plan
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

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