22 days in United States Itinerary

22 days in United States Itinerary

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22 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
2
New York City
— 6 nights
Drive:  46​h
3
Malibu
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Palm Springs
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Laguna Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
7
Los Angeles
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
San Francisco
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
End: Los Angeles

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.
Los Angeles is known for museums, theme parks, historic sites, childrens museums, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at The Getty Center, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and admire the landmark architecture of Bradbury Building.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary website .

In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Nightlife

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

6
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Central Park, pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, make a trip to Rockefeller Center, and take some stellar pictures from Top of the Rock.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to New York City takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 3 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, you will find days in New York City are much colder (10°C), and nights are little chillier (2°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Malibu.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1
day
Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Zuma Beach, then take a leisurely stroll along Malibu Pier, then examine the collection at The Getty Villa, and finally stroll around Malibu Bluffs Park.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Malibu itinerary website .

Traveling by car from New York City to Malibu takes 46 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in December, expect Malibu to be a bit warmer, temps between 22°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
The Getty Villa ©
The Getty Villa
Malibu Bluffs Park ©
Malibu Bluffs Park

1
day
Palm Springs

Palm Springs
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Palm Springs Air Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Palm Springs Art Museum, then delve into the distant past at Indian Canyons, and finally stroll around Michael S Wolfson Park.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Palm Springs trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Malibu to Palm Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, daytime highs in Palm Springs are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Michael S Wolfson Park
Highlights from your plan
Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum

1
day
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.
On the 21st (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

Before you visit San Diego, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Palm Springs to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in San Diego, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in San Diego

Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

1
night
Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach ©
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. On the 22nd (Sun), see the interesting displays at Mission San Juan Capistrano, tour the pleasant surroundings at Crystal Cove, and then walk around Heisler Park.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Laguna Beach planning website .

Drive from San Diego to Laguna Beach in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Laguna Beach can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Mission San Juan Capistrano
Highlights from your plan
Heisler Park ©
Heisler Park
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove

1
day
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
On the 23rd (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Monica State Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Hollywood Sign.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Laguna Beach to Los Angeles takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Beaches Nature

Side Trip

Santa Monica State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Hollywood Sign ©
Hollywood Sign
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay

1
day
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 24th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Los Angeles in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

4
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Six Flags Magic Mountain (in Santa Clarita) and Third Street Promenade (in Santa Monica). See some other sides of Los Angeles: immerse yourself in nature at Topanga State Park, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway.

Discover how to plan a Los Angeles trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Six Flags Magic Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Topanga State Park ©
Topanga State Park

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