25 days in United States Itinerary

25 days in United States Itinerary

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25 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
6
Anaheim
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Carlsbad
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
8
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
9
Hollywood
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
10
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
11
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
12
Lake Havasu City
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
13
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
14
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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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 7th (Sat), take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and finally step aboard SS Jeremiah O'Brien. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at Exploratorium and then make a trip to Golden Gate Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Francisco online trip itinerary builder .

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -18 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in San Francisco reach 17°C and lows reach 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 9th (Mon), admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Monterey route planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Monterey, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Point Lobos, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, tour or see a game at Shamel Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon tour builder app .

You can drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Monterey in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in San Simeon, with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Cambria
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Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

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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 11th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, then meet the residents at 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 more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Santa Barbara trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Simeon in December, Santa Barbara is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
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Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Stearns Wharf ©
Stearns Wharf

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood. On your second day here, examine the collection at The Getty Center, then put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles tour planner.

Getting from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums
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Fantastic Race ©
Fantastic Race
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): make an unforgettable trip to Disney California Adventure Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Anaheim trip builder site .

Anaheim is just a short distance from Los Angeles. In December in Anaheim, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

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Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Stretching along 11 km (7 mi) of Pacific coastline, the city of Carlsbad attracts visitors with its Mediterranean climate and natural beauty.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens and then get in on the family fun at LEGOLAND California.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad online road trip planner .

Getting from Anaheim to Carlsbad by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Anaheim in December, expect little chillier with lows of 6°C in Carlsbad. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan

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nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum and then laugh and play at SeaWorld San Diego.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Diego online sightseeing planner .

Drive from Carlsbad to San Diego in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Carlsbad in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 12°C in San Diego. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hollywood.

Things to do in San Diego

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

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Hollywood

Hollywood ©
The city of Hollywood is a classic Florida beach town and popular vacation spot, attracting visitors with its picturesque beaches, lively nightlife, and laid-back vibe.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at South Beach, have fun at Lock & Load Miami, and then get outside with JP Outfitters Inc.. On your second day here, take a stroll through Lincoln Road, then examine the collection at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and then get your game on at Boxroom Escape Games.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hollywood tour itinerary maker .

Getting from San Diego to Hollywood by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from San Diego in December, expect Hollywood to be somewhat warmer, temps between 31°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Hollywood

Outdoors Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Miami, Miami Beach
Highlights from your plan
JP Outfitters Inc. ©
JP Outfitters Inc.
South Beach ©
South Beach
Lock & Load Miami ©
Lock & Load Miami

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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.
On the 21st (Sat), have some family-friendly fun at Dig This, then admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. On your second day here, examine the collection at The Mob Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Las Vegas tour app .

You can fly from Hollywood to Las Vegas in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Hollywood to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. In December, Las Vegas is cooler than Hollywood - with highs of 16°C and lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
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Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains
Dig This ©
Dig This

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Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 24th (Tue), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, hike along South Kaibab Trail, get great views at Powell Point, and stroll through Rim Trail.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park day trip site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in December, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are a bit cooler (8°C), and nights are cooler (-11°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Lake Havasu City.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

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Lake Havasu City

Lake Havasu City ©
Lake Havasu City is a city in Mohave County, Arizona, United States. On the 26th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Lake Havasu Museum of History, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Havasu, and then admire the majestic nature at Lake Havasu State Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lake Havasu City day trip planning tool .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Lake Havasu City by car takes about 4 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Lake Havasu City. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December, expect nights in Lake Havasu City to be warmer, around 8°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Lake Havasu City

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Lake Havasu State Park ©
Lake Havasu State Park
Lake Havasu ©
Lake Havasu
Lake Havasu Museum of History ©
Lake Havasu Museum of History

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): trek along Wildrose Peak Trail and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Death Valley National Park using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lake Havasu City to Death Valley National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Lake Havasu City in December; daily highs in Death Valley National Park reach 15°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): hit the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Curry Village Ice Rink, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planning app .

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Death Valley National Park in December, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 9°C and lows at -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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