16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Tahoma
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Philadelphia

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 18th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, then kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park, and finally take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. On your second day here, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, then take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, then make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace, and finally stop by Exploratorium.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner .

Houston to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In December, San Francisco is little chillier than Houston - with highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Tahoma.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

1
night
Tahoma

Tahoma ©
Tahoma is a census-designated place in Placer and El Dorado counties, California, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Homewood Mountain Resort. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Homewood Mountain Resort, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Meeks Bay Beach, then hike along Desolation Wilderness, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Eagle Lake.

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Traveling by car from San Francisco to Tahoma takes 3.5 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Tahoma, ranging from highs of 5°C to lows of -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Tahoma

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Homewood Mountain Resort, Desolation Wilderness, Eagle Lake
Highlights from your plan
Desolation Wilderness ©
Desolation Wilderness
Homewood Mountain Resort ©
Homewood Mountain Resort
Eagle Lake ©
Eagle Lake

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, appreciate the extensive heritage of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Yosemite Valley Chapel, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bridalveil Fall, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park day trip app .

Explore your travel options from Tahoma to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hollywood Reservoir as well as Universal Studios Hollywood. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Santa Monica Bay and The Getty Center. Visit La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Will Rogers State Historic Park for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, look for all kinds of wild species at Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve, and get outside with Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Temple.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles attractions planning tool .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in December; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 24°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to La Jolla Shores Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Visit Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, kick back and relax at Mission Bay Park, stroll through La Jolla Cove, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Diego vacation maker .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December in San Diego, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio and then get your game on at Dig This. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, have fun at Graceland Wedding Chapel, and then get to know the fascinating history of The Strip.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from San Diego to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Diego in December: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 16°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Fun & Games Neighborhoods Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Graceland Wedding Chapel ©
Graceland Wedding Chapel

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