18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Las Vegas
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): get curious at California Academy of Sciences, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace, and finally snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): get curious at Exploratorium, then get great views at Twin Peaks, then look for all kinds of wild species at Fort Funston National Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online vacation planner.

Houston to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Houston in December, expect San Francisco to be a bit cooler, temps between 17°C and 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Childrens Museums · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Grace Cathedral ©
Grace Cathedral

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Santa Monica Bay and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. For shopping fun, head to The Grove or Abbot Kinney Boulevard. And it doesn't end there: get curious at California Science Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, head outdoors with Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Temple, and admire the majestic nature at Will Rogers State Historic Park.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles attractions planning website.

Getting from San Francisco to Los Angeles by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area ©
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay
California Science Center ©
California Science Center

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San Diego

San Diego ©

America's Finest City

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.
Bring the kids along to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. You'll get in some beach time at La Jolla Shores Park and Mission Bay Park. There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, make a trip to Seaport Village, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Windansea Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read San Diego road trip tool.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

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

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Head to The Strip and Jojo's Jerkyfor plenty of shopping. Attractions like Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and The LINQ Promenade make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Charleston, pedal to the sights with Escape Adventures, put a fun spin on your tour with Alibi Las Vegas, and have some family-friendly fun at Axe Monkeys.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas visit planning tool.

Fly from San Diego to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, Las Vegas is slightly colder than San Diego - with highs of 16°C and lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nature · Fun & Games · Parks · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area ©
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
The LINQ Promenade ©
The LINQ Promenade

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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.
On the 31st (Tue), make a trip to Washburn Point, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Ansel Adams Gallery, take some stellar pictures from Valley View, then look for gifts at Yosemite Museum Gallery, then don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and finally hike along May Lake Trailhead.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Las Vegas to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 17.5 hours. When traveling from Las Vegas in December, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 9°C by day to -11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time for the bus ride back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

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