20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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20 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  7​h
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Solvang
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Olympic Valley
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 8 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Chicago

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.
For shopping fun, head to Old Pasadena or Irvine Spectrum Center. Discover out-of-the-way places like El Matador State Beach and Greystone Mansion and Park. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Zuma Beach in Malibu, about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and examine the collection at The Hollywood Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles road trip planning site .

Chicago to Los Angeles is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles is minus 2 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in December, with highs in Los Angeles at 69°F and lows at 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Solvang.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pasadena, Malibu, Irvine Spectrum Center, Greystone Mansion and Park
Highlights from your plan
Irvine Spectrum Center ©
Irvine Spectrum Center
Old Pasadena ©
Old Pasadena
Greystone Mansion and Park ©
Greystone Mansion and Park

2
nights
Solvang

Solvang ©
Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Roblar Winery & Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Carhartt Vineyard, and then do a tasting at Sevtap Winery Tasting Room. Here are some ideas for day two: browse for treasures at Solvang Antiques, then do a tasting at Stolpman Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Koehler Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Epiphany Cellars.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Solvang tour itinerary maker website .

Drive from Los Angeles to Solvang in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Los Angeles in December since evenings lows in Solvang dip to 37°F. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Solvang

Wineries Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Los Olivos, Roblar Winery & Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Carhartt Vineyard ©
Carhartt Vineyard
Epiphany Cellars ©
Epiphany Cellars
Koehler Winery ©
Koehler Winery

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.
On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Rainbow Pool, see the interesting displays at Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum, and then sample the fine beverages at Indigeny Reserve.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park vacation maker tool .

You can drive from Solvang to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Solvang in December, expect Yosemite National Park to be much colder, temps between 46°F and 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Olympic Valley.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Nature

Side Trips

Groveland, Indigeny Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Rainbow Pool ©
Rainbow Pool
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery
Indigeny Reserve ©
Indigeny Reserve

3
nights
Olympic Valley

Olympic Valley ©
On the 29th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Burnt Cedar Beach, have fun at Commons Beach Park, and then get engrossed in the history at North Lake Tahoe Historical Society and Gatekeepers Museum. On the next day, stop by Cabela's, then steep yourself in history at Mackay Mansion, and then grab your bike and head to Flume Trail.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Olympic Valley trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Olympic Valley in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, expect nights in Olympic Valley to be about the same, around 15°F, while days are slightly colder, around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Olympic Valley

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tahoe City, Mackay Mansion, Burnt Cedar Beach, Cabela's, Flume Trail
Highlights from your plan
Burnt Cedar Beach ©
Burnt Cedar Beach
Mackay Mansion ©
Mackay Mansion
Cabela's ©
Cabela's

1
night
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): tee off at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakeside Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Beach Campground, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and then stop by Grass Roots Natural Foods.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe day trip site .

You can drive from Olympic Valley to South Lake Tahoe in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in South Lake Tahoe can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Beaches Golf

Side Trips

Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, Nevada Beach Campground
Highlights from your plan
Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course ©
Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course
Wine Tours & Tastings
Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery ©
Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery

8
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll get in some beach time at Bodega Head and Half Moon Bay State Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Francis Ford Coppola Winery and Schramsberg Vineyards. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Rutherford (Mumm Napa & Frog's Leap Winery), Dry Creek Vineyard (in Healdsburg) and Oxbow Public Market (in Napa). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, do a tasting at VJB Cellars, stroll through Natural Bridges State Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip tool .

Drive from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and subway; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in January, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit warmer (59°F), and nights are much hotter (46°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Rutherford, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Ano Nuevo State Reserve, Oxbow Public Market, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
VJB Cellars ©
VJB Cellars
Francis Ford Coppola Winery ©
Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach

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