24 days in United States Itinerary

24 days in United States Itinerary

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24 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
4
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
5
Malibu
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
6
Long Beach
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
7
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Pismo Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
11
San Luis Obispo
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
12
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
13
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
14
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
15
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Seattle

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nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Pinball Hall of Fame, Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, The Strip, and other attractions. There's more to do: try your luck at Casino at the Venetian and browse the different shops at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Las Vegas trip planner .

Seattle to Las Vegas is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in December, expect nights in Las Vegas to be about the same, around 39°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Tours Shopping Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
Fremont Street Experience ©
Fremont Street Experience

3
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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.
You've added La Jolla Shores Park, La Jolla Cove, Mission Beach Park, and other attractions to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at San Diego Zoo Safari Park and Coronado Island. Step out of San Diego to go to Encinitas and see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo and explore the fascinating underground world of La Jolla Caves.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Diego itinerary planner.

Getting from Las Vegas to San Diego by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in December; daily highs in San Diego reach 68°F and lows reach 51°F. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Beaches

Side Trips

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, Coronado Island, San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Highlights from your plan
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Coronado Island ©
Coronado Island
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park

1
night
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.
On the 19th (Wed), admire all the interesting features of Staples Center, don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and finally take a stroll through Old Pasadena.

Start your trip to Los Angeles by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Old Pasadena
Highlights from your plan
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Staples Center ©
Staples Center
Hollywood Walk of Fame ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
On the 20th (Thu), examine the collection at The Getty Center, stroll through Santa Monica State Beach, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santa Monica Mountains, then make a trip to Montana Avenue, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, take in the waterfront at Hermosa Beach Pier, stroll through Ocean View Park, then cruise along Mulholland Drive, then shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Manhattan Beach Pier.

Planning Santa Monica trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Santa Monica is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. In December, daytime highs in Santa Monica are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, Mulholland Drive, Manhattan Beach Pier, Hermosa Beach Pier, The Getty Center
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

1
night
Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. On the 25th (Tue), kick back and relax at Zuma Beach, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Paramount Ranch, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildwood Regional Park.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Malibu tour itinerary planner.

Malibu is just a short distance from Santa Monica. In December in Malibu, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Wildwood Regional Park, Paramount Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Wildwood Regional Park ©
Wildwood Regional Park
Paramount Ranch ©
Paramount Ranch
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach

2
nights
Long Beach

Long Beach ©
Long Beach has long been overshadowed by its bigger and more famous neighbor known as the City of Angels.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Disneyland Park, Huntington Beach Pier and Long Beach Waterfront. Discover out-of-the-way places like Crystal Cove and Pacific Marine Mammal Center. Get out of town with these interesting Long Beach side-trips: Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park & Downtown Disney) and 1,000 Steps Beach (in Laguna Beach). There's more to do: meet the residents at Aquarium of the Pacific.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Long Beach driving holiday planning site .

You can drive from Malibu to Long Beach in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and tram. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in December, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Long Beach

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Anaheim, Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

1
night
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Universal Studios Hollywood. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip maker .

Los Angeles is very close to Long Beach. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ventura.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Walt Disney Concert Hall ©
Walt Disney Concert Hall

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Santa Barbara Trolley Tours, Lotusland and The Red Piano. On the 26th (Wed), get a taste of local nightlife at The Red Piano.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Santa Barbara day trip app .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Santa Barbara when traveling from Los Angeles in December, with lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Tours Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Cold Spring Tavern ©
Cold Spring Tavern
The Red Piano ©
The Red Piano
Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens ©
Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens

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. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Harry's Night Club & Beach Bar as well as Dinosaur Caves Park.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Pismo Beach journey website .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Pismo Beach in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Pismo Beach can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Nightlife Parks Wineries

Side Trip

Talley Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Harry's Night Club & Beach Bar ©
Harry's Night Club & Beach Bar
Talley Vineyards ©
Talley Vineyards
Dinosaur Caves Park ©
Dinosaur Caves Park

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Moonstone Beach, Hearst Castle and Elephant Seal Rookery. On the 28th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Simeon trip builder site .

You can drive from Pismo Beach to San Simeon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in San Simeon when traveling from Pismo Beach in December, with lows around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

1
day
San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo ©
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Mission Plaza, then immerse yourself in nature at Montana de Oro State Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Luis Obispo trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to San Luis Obispo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from San Simeon in December, San Luis Obispo is a bit warmer at night with lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Monterey.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Morro Rock, Montana de Oro State Park
Highlights from your plan
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock
Montana de Oro State Park ©
Montana de Oro State Park
Mission Plaza ©
Mission Plaza

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nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ragged Point, Bixby Bridge, McWay Falls, and other attractions you added. On the 29th (Sat), get great views at Ragged Point.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Big Sur travel route planning site .

Getting from San Luis Obispo to Big Sur by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Luis Obispo in December, you will find days in Big Sur are little chillier (62°F), and nights are about the same (43°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park ©
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Your list of things to see and do now includes West Cliff Drive, Pleasure Point Beach, Santa Cruz Wharf, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): explore and take pictures at University of California Santa Cruz, then take a memorable tour with Roaring Camp Railroads, then kick back and relax at Pleasure Point Beach, and finally take a memorable drive along West Cliff Drive.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Santa Cruz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 40°F. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Jose.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Roaring Camp Railroads ©
Roaring Camp Railroads
Santa Cruz Wharf ©
Santa Cruz Wharf
University of California Santa Cruz ©

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San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Your list of things to see and do now includes San Pedro Square Market, Santana Row, San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, and other attractions. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Palos Verdes Scenic Drive and Mulholland Scenic Corridor. Venture out of the city with trips to Historic Bob Hope Theatre (in Stockton), Denise’s Farmers Market (in Ripon) and McHenry Mansion (in Modesto). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Salinas Valley, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Inyo National Forest, and take in the architecture and design of Stanford University.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Santa Cruz to San Jose in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daytime highs in San Jose are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Jose

Scenic Drive Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

California, McHenry Mansion, Stanford University, Denise’s Farmers Market, Historic Bob Hope Theatre
Highlights from your plan
Inyo National Forest ©
Inyo National Forest
Stanford University ©
Stanford University
Historic Bob Hope Theatre ©
Historic Bob Hope Theatre

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 4th (Fri), stroll through Golden Gate Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Francisco day trip planner .

You can drive from San Jose to San Francisco in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. In January, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay
Golden Gate Park ©
Golden Gate Park

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