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:  20​h
1
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Williams
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Scottsdale
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Solvang
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Sydney

2
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.
When in Las Vegas, make a side trip to see Hoover Dam in Boulder City, approximately 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, and take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Las Vegas is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to Las Vegas. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect Las Vegas to be much colder, temps between 16°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Williams.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
Dig This ©
Dig This

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Williams side-trips: Grand Canyon National Park (Hualapai Hilltop, Grand Canyon South Rim, & more). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Bearizona Wildlife Park, look for gifts at The Gallery in Williams, and take in breathtaking views at Sycamore Canyon.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Williams trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Las Vegas to Williams by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in December, expect Williams to be a bit cooler, temps between 9°C and -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Scottsdale.

Things to do in Williams

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Grand Canyon National Park
Highlights from your plan
Bearizona Wildlife Park ©
Bearizona Wildlife Park
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

2
nights
Scottsdale

Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): trot along with a tour on horseback, push the limits with an extreme tour, and then stop by Outrageous Olive Oil & Vinegar. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum, see the interesting displays at Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson, and then perfect your strike at Lucky Strike Phoenix.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Scottsdale trip site .

Traveling by car from Williams to Scottsdale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Williams in December, things will get much warmer in Scottsdale: highs are around 23°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Scottsdale

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trip

Phoenix
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Horseback Riding Tours
Lucky Strike Phoenix ©
Lucky Strike Phoenix

1
night
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 23rd (Mon): explore the stunning scenery at Tahquitz Canyon, trek along Cactus to Clouds, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Tennis Club District.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Palm Springs tour itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Scottsdale to Palm Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tahquitz Canyon ©
Tahquitz Canyon
Tennis Club District ©
Tennis Club District

3
nights
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.
Santa Monica is known for nature, shopping, spas, theme parks, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, look and learn at Camera Obscura, get in on the family fun at Pacific Park, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santa Monica Mountains.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica travel planning site .

You can drive from Palm Springs to Santa Monica in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December in Santa Monica, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Santa Barbara Zoo, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, and finally take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf. On the next day, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara online trip builder .

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, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Santa Barbara, with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Solvang.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

1
night
Solvang

Solvang ©
Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. On the 29th (Sun), get outside with Santa Barbara Soaring, do a tasting at Sunstone Vineyards & Winery, then do a tasting at Rusack Vineyards, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Bethania Lutheran Church.

Plan my day in Solvang using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by bus from Santa Barbara to Solvang takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Solvang

Outdoors Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Ynez
Highlights from your plan
Rusack Vineyards ©
Rusack Vineyards
Bethania Lutheran Church ©
Bethania Lutheran Church
Sunstone Vineyards & Winery ©
Sunstone Vineyards & Winery

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, then explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and then do a tasting at Pierce Ranch Vineyards Tasting Room. On the next day, trek along Scenic Road Walkway, then hike along Point Lobos, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Monterey trip planning site .

You can drive from Solvang to Monterey in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Solvang in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 7°C in Monterey. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Carmel
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway

5
nights
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, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip planning website .

Getting from Monterey to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in December, and nighttime lows around 8°C. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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