26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Olympic Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Monterey
— 3 nights
bus:  45​min
5
Big Sur
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
8
Laguna Beach
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
11
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Cincinnati

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
For shopping fun, head to The Stanford Shopping Center or Ramini Mozzarella. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bodega Head and Mumm Napa. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Frog's Leap Winery (in Rutherford), Kenwood (VJB Cellars & Kunde Family Winery) and Point Reyes Lighthouse (in Point Reyes National Seashore). There's still lots to do: appreciate the views at Sonoma Valley.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to San Francisco. December in San Francisco sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Olympic Valley.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wineries Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Kenwood, Rutherford, Sonoma Valley, Ramini Mozzarella, Bodega Head
Highlights from your plan
Bodega Head ©
Bodega Head
Sonoma Valley ©
Sonoma Valley
Frog's Leap Winery ©
Frog's Leap Winery

1
night
Olympic Valley

Olympic Valley ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): ski along the peaceful trails at Tahoe Donner, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Commons Beach Park, and then take an in-depth tour of North Lake Tahoe Historical Society and Gatekeepers Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Olympic Valley trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Olympic Valley takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in December, you will find days in Olympic Valley are slightly colder (41°F), and nights are much colder (15°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Olympic Valley

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Tahoe City, Tahoe Donner
Highlights from your plan
Gatekeeper's Museum ©
Gatekeeper's Museum

2
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
On the 22nd (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kiva Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Lakeside Beach, then contemplate the long history of Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society, then examine the collection at Genoa Courthouse Museum, and finally shop like a local with Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery. On your second day here, play a few rounds at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, then stroll through Adventure Mountain, and then stop by Grass Roots Natural Foods.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe trip maker tool .

You can drive from Olympic Valley to South Lake Tahoe in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in South Lake Tahoe can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

Genoa Courthouse Museum, Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society
Highlights from your plan
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
Genoa Courthouse Museum ©
Genoa Courthouse Museum
Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery ©
Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pebble Beach Golf Links and Carmel Art Association. Visit Lovers Point and Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge for some beach relaxation. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, stop by The Cheese Shop, view the masterpieces at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, and get a taste of the local shopping with Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Monterey trip maker tool .

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Monterey in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in December: highs in Monterey hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Shopping Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Ocean Avenue ©
Ocean Avenue

3
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Explore hidden gems such as McWay Falls and Limekiln State Park. Step out of the city life by going to William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach and Partington Cove. Venture out of the city with trips to San Simeon (Hearst Ranch Winery & Sebastian General Store), Soledad (Mission Nuestra Senora de la Soledad & Hahn Estate Winery) and Mission San Antonio de Padua (in Jolon). There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Point Sur State Historic Park, take a memorable drive along Old Coast Road, take in the exciting artwork at Coast Gallery Big Sur, and trek along Big Sur.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Big Sur trip itinerary site .

You can take a bus from Monterey to Big Sur in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 43°F. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sun) before leaving for Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

San Simeon, Soledad, Mission San Antonio de Padua
Highlights from your plan
Limekiln State Park ©
Limekiln State Park
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

3
nights
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.
On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Carpinteria State Beach, and then stop by Ventura Harbor Village.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Santa Barbara trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Santa Barbara takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In December in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

La Purisima State Historical Park, Fess Parker, Carpinteria State Beach, Ventura Harbor Village, Old Mission Santa Ines
Highlights from your plan
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Arroyo Burro County Beach Park ©
Arroyo Burro County Beach Park
La Purisima State Historical Park ©
La Purisima State Historical 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 2nd (Wed), steep yourself in history at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden and then browse the different shops at The Americana at Brand. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, see a world frozen in time at Paramount Ranch, then explore and take pictures at Greystone Mansion and Park, and finally stop by Edelweiss Chocolate Factory.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles online day trip planner .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, The Americana at Brand, Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, Paramount Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Paramount Ranch ©
Paramount Ranch
The Americana at Brand ©
The Americana at Brand
Greystone Mansion and Park ©
Greystone Mansion and Park

3
nights
Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach ©
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): kick back and relax at Victoria Beach, kick back and relax at Treasure Island Beach, then tee off at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club, and finally browse the different shops at Mission Viejo Mall. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Buy Hand, then enjoy the sand and surf at Table Rock Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Dana Strands Beach, and finally see the interesting displays at Oceanside Museum of Art.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Laguna Beach online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to Laguna Beach by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mission Viejo, Dana Strands Beach, Oceanside Museum of Art
Highlights from your plan
Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club ©
Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club
Victoria Beach ©
Victoria Beach
Oceanside Museum of Art ©
Oceanside Museum of Art

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sanders Family Winery and Mountain Falls Golf Club. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pinball Hall of Fame and Titanic. Take a break from Las Vegas with a short trip to Valley of Fire State Park in Overton, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, see the interesting displays at The Neon Museum, and look for gifts at Las Vegas North Premium Outlets.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Las Vegas trip tool .

Traveling by car from Laguna Beach to Las Vegas takes 5 hours. Traveling from Laguna Beach in January, things will get slightly colder in Las Vegas: highs are around 59°F and lows about 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Pahrump, Valley of Fire State Park
Highlights from your plan
Titanic ©
Titanic
Sanders Family Winery ©
Sanders Family Winery
Mountain Falls Golf Club ©
Mountain Falls Golf Club

1
day
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 9th (Wed), listen to music at Hopi House, then get great views at Pima Point, and then hike along Hermit Trail.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park road trip site .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Las Vegas in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 44°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 15°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Trails Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Hopi House ©
Hopi House
Hermit Trail ©
Hermit Trail
Pima Point ©
Pima Point

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take a stroll through The LINQ Promenade, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, try your luck at Palazzo Resort Casino, then buy something for everyone on your list at Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, and finally enjoy some diversion at Battlefield Vegas. On your second day here, admire nature's extreme beauty at Escape Adventures and Las Vegas Cyclery.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Las Vegas trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Trails Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Battlefield Vegas ©
Battlefield Vegas
Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah ©
Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah
The LINQ Promenade ©
The LINQ Promenade

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