24 days in United States Itinerary

24 days in United States Itinerary

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24 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  17​h 30​min
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Palm Springs
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Scottsdale
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Williams
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
6
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
8
Solvang
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
9
Tulare
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Modesto
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
12
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Sydney

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. On the 14th (Sat), take in breathtaking views at Tahquitz Canyon, then stroll through Cactus to Clouds, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Tennis Club District.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Palm Springs trip itinerary planner .

Sydney, Australia to Palm Springs is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to Palm Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get little chillier in Palm Springs: highs are around 24°C and lows about 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Scottsdale.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tahquitz Canyon ©
Tahquitz Canyon
Cactus to Clouds ©
Cactus to Clouds
Tennis Club District ©
Tennis Club District

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Scottsdale

Scottsdale ©
Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. On the 15th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Scottsdale tour itinerary maker .

You can fly from Palm Springs to Scottsdale in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in December, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Williams.

Things to do in Scottsdale

Museums

Side Trip

Musical Instrument Museum
Highlights from your plan
Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum

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nights
Williams

Williams ©
A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Williams lies on one of the first highways ever built in America, the iconic "Route 66." The town boasts many inns, motels, restaurants, and shops, although its most important feature is serving as the southern terminus of a scenic railway leading to the area's most famous tourist attraction, the World Heritage-listed Grand Canyon.
On the 16th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Bearizona Wildlife Park, then take in breathtaking views at Sycamore Canyon, and then look for gifts at The Gallery in Williams. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Bill Williams Monument Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Joseph Catholic Church, then tee off at Elephant Rocks at Williams, and finally do a tasting at Grand Canyon Wine Company.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Williams online travel route builder .

You can drive from Scottsdale to Williams in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Scottsdale in December, expect Williams to be cooler, temps between 9°C and -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Williams

Parks Golf Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Bearizona Wildlife Park ©
Bearizona Wildlife Park
Elephant Rocks at Williams ©
Elephant Rocks at Williams
St Joseph Catholic Church ©
St Joseph Catholic Church

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then have fun at The Range 702, and then don't miss a visit to Bellagio Fountains. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and then take a stroll through The Strip.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Las Vegas vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Williams to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Williams to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Williams in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 16°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Range 702 ©
The Range 702
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio

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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 20th (Fri), get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner .

Getting from Las Vegas to Los Angeles by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in December; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 24°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): admire all the interesting features of 26-Mile Bike Path, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then find something for the whole family at Pacific Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier Carousel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): grab your bike and head to South Bay Bicycle Trail, then immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, and then take a stroll through Montana Avenue.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Santa Monica road trip planning app .

Santa Monica is very close to Los Angeles. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
South Bay Bicycle Trail ©
South Bay Bicycle Trail
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, then stroll through Santa Barbara Zoo, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Monica in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 5°C in Santa Barbara. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Solvang.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Stearns Wharf ©
Stearns Wharf

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Solvang

Solvang ©
Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): look for gifts at Vin Hus, then head outdoors with Santa Barbara Soaring, then learn about winemaking at Rusack Vineyards, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Bethania Lutheran Church.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Solvang itinerary planning app .

You can take a bus from Santa Barbara to Solvang in an hour. Another option is to drive. In December, daytime highs in Solvang are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tulare.

Things to do in Solvang

Outdoors Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Barbara Soaring
Highlights from your plan
Rusack Vineyards ©
Rusack Vineyards
Bethania Lutheran Church ©
Bethania Lutheran Church

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nights
Tulare

Tulare ©
Tulare is a city in Tulare County, California. On the 26th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Sequoia National Park. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get some fabulous bargains at Tulare Outlet Center and then admire the majestic nature at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tulare trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Solvang to Tulare takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Solvang in December, you will find days in Tulare are a bit cooler (17°C), and nights are about the same (2°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Tulare

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park, Sequoia National Park
Highlights from your plan
Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park ©

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Monterey trip planner .

Drive from Tulare to Monterey in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Tulare in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 7°C in Monterey. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Modesto.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Point Lobos
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

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Modesto

Modesto ©
Modesto, officially the City of Modesto, is the county seat and largest city of Stanislaus County, California, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Yosemite National Park (Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area, Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, & more). There's more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Modesto trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Monterey to Modesto in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Monterey in December, Modesto is a bit cooler at night with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Modesto

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, wander the streets of Twin Peaks, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Modesto to San Francisco in 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Modesto in January, with lows around 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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