17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi
Fly + Drive:  27​h
1
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
2
Prescott
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 15​min
3
Houston
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Abu Dhabi

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, wander the streets of State Street, and then take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Oxnard Beach Park, stop by Ventura Harbor Village, and then look for gifts at Bart's Books.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Santa Barbara day trip website .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Santa Barbara is an approximately 27-hour flight. You'll gain 12 hours traveling from Abu Dhabi to Santa Barbara due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Abu Dhabi in December: highs in Santa Barbara hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Prescott.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oxnard Beach Park, Bart's Books, Ventura Harbor Village
Highlights from your plan
Oxnard Beach Park ©
Oxnard Beach Park
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Bart's Books ©
Bart's Books

2
nights
Prescott

Prescott ©
Traditional Western attractions in Prescott include rodeos, wooden whiskey saloons, and quirky independent stores selling unique souvenirs.
Escape the urban bustle at Bearizona Wildlife Park and Cathedral Rock. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Prescott: Sedona (Psychic Readings by Nirup, Spas & Wellness, & more). There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Van Gogh's Ear Gallery and ponder the design of Yavapai County Courthouse Square.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Prescott trip itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Santa Barbara to Prescott in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santa Barbara to Prescott. In December, Prescott is slightly colder than Santa Barbara - with highs of 14°C and lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Houston.

Things to do in Prescott

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sedona, Bearizona Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
Chapel of the Holy Cross ©
Chapel of the Holy Cross
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Bearizona Wildlife Park ©
Bearizona Wildlife Park

3
nights
Houston

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Pearland Town Center and Memorial City Mall. Visiting Houston Zoo and Hermann Park will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, take in the dramatic scenery at Water Wall, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and get curious at Cockrell Butterfly Center.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Houston trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Prescott to Houston in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. While traveling from Prescott, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Houston, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 11°C. On the 17th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Houston

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Pearland Town Center
Highlights from your plan
Houston Zoo ©
Houston Zoo
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston ©
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Cockrell Butterfly Center ©
Cockrell Butterfly Center

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Getty Center and Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Take a break from the city and head to Santa Monica Mountains and Oak Canyon Nature Center. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Bergamot Station in Santa Monica--about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, stop by Hollywood & Highland, get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Houston to Los Angeles in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Houston to Los Angeles. In December, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Oak Canyon Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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