17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Big Sur
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
4
San Luis Obispo
— Few hours
Drive:  15​min
5
Pismo Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Santa Barbara
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Houston

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. Visit Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks for their historical value. The adventure continues: engage your brain at Exploratorium, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, and kick back and relax at Baker Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Francisco road trip app .

Houston to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Houston to San Francisco, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Houston in December; daily highs in San Francisco reach 59°F and lows reach 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 24th (Tue), immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, see the interesting displays at Sunset Cultural Center, then view the masterpieces at Carmel Art Association, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Monterey planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Monterey, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Sunset Cultural Center ©
Sunset Cultural Center

few
hours
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Big Sur trip itinerary planning site .

Take a bus from Monterey to Big Sur in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Big Sur are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Big Sur

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

few
hours
San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo ©
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Luis Obispo tour itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Big Sur to San Luis Obispo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa ©
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

1
night
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Pismo Beach online trip builder .

Pismo Beach is just a short distance from San Luis Obispo. In December, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 42°F. On the 26th (Thu), you're off toSanta Barbara.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Wineries Outdoors Parks

few
hours
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 26th (Thu): don't miss a visit to State Street Underpass, then don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, then explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and finally learn about winemaking at Margerum Wine Company.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Museum of Art ©
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Margerum Wine Company ©
Margerum Wine Company

6
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and The Grove. Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade & Montana Avenue) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, and take in the exciting artwork at Mrs. Fish.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip builder tool .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Santa Barbara in December since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

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.
Visiting Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and La Jolla Cove will get you outdoors. Head to Gaslamp Quarter and Spanish Village Art Centerfor plenty of shopping. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church, stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Diego vacation planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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