26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Olympic Valley
— 1 night
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South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
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Monterey
— 3 nights
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Big Sur
— 3 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
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Laguna Beach
— 3 nights
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Las Vegas
— 3 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 day
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Las Vegas
— 3 nights

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do your shopping at Mumm Napa and Stanford Shopping Center. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Frog's Leap Winery and Point Reyes Lighthouse. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Ramini Mozzarella (in Tomales), Bodega Head (in Bodega Bay) and Kenwood (VJB Cellars & Kunde Family Winery). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Sonoma Valley.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to San Francisco. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in December, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Olympic Valley.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wineries · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Rutherford, Kenwood, Ramini Mozzarella, Stanford Shopping Center, Bodega Head
Highlights from your plan
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa
Bodega Head ©
Bodega Head
Sonoma Valley ©
Sonoma Valley

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Olympic Valley

Olympic Valley ©
On the 21st (Fri), stroll through Tahoe Donner, stroll around Commons Beach Park, and then get engrossed in the history at Gatekeeper's Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Olympic Valley trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from San Francisco to Olympic Valley in 3.5 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect nights in Olympic Valley to be much colder, around 15°F, while days are slightly colder, around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Olympic Valley

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): kick back and relax at Kiva Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Lakeside Beach, steep yourself in history at Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society, then examine the collection at Genoa Courthouse Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery. On the next day, tee off at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, then stroll through Adventure Mountain, and then stop by Grass Roots Natural Foods.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe tour planner.

Traveling by car from Olympic Valley to South Lake Tahoe takes 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society, Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, Genoa Courthouse Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
Lakeside Beach ©
Lakeside Beach
Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course ©
Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Take a break from the city and head to Pebble Beach Golf Links and Lovers Point. Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: take in the history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, get a taste of the local shopping with Ocean Avenue, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, and take in the exciting artwork at Photography West Gallery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Monterey route builder tool.

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Monterey takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from South Lake Tahoe, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car 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

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Take a break from the city and head to Limekiln State Park and Point Sur State Historic Park. Head to Sebastian General Store and Coast Gallery Big Surfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Big Sur side-trips: Soledad (Mission Nuestra Senora de la Soledad & Hahn Estate Winery), San Simeon (Hearst Ranch Winery & William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach) and Mission San Antonio de Padua (in Jolon). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, take a memorable drive along Old Coast Road, and hike along Partington Cove.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Big Sur trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Monterey to Big Sur in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Big Sur are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. On the 30th (Sun), you're off to 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
Point Sur State Historic Park ©
Point Sur State Historic Park

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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.
Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park, admire the majestic nature at Carpinteria State Beach, and then look for gifts at Ventura Harbor Village.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip site.

Getting from Big Sur to Santa Barbara by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 41°F. 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 · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Carpinteria State Beach, Old Mission Santa Ines, Ganna Walska Lotusland, Fess Parker, Ventura Harbor Village
Highlights from your plan
Cold Spring Tavern ©
Cold Spring Tavern
Fess Parker ©
Fess Parker
La Purisima State Historical Park ©
La Purisima State Historical Park

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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 2nd (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden and then buy something for everyone on your list at The Americana at Brand. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Paramount Ranch, then contemplate the long history of Greystone Mansion and Park, and finally look for gifts at Edelweiss Chocolate Factory.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 49°F in Los Angeles. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

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

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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, then kick back and relax at Treasure Island Beach, then play a few rounds at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club, and finally browse the different shops at The Shops At Mission Viejo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): stop by Buy Hand, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Table Rock Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dana Strands Beach, and finally examine the collection at Oceanside Museum of Art.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Laguna Beach route planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Laguna Beach takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Laguna Beach can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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

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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.
Get outdoors at Mountain Falls Golf Club and Valley of Fire State Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Sanders Family Winery and The Neon Museum. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Pinball Hall of Fame, try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, buy something for everyone on your list at The Forum Shops at Caesars, and stop by Las Vegas North Premium Outlets.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Las Vegas road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Laguna Beach to Las Vegas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In January, Las Vegas is little chillier than Laguna Beach - with highs of 59°F and lows of 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums · Nature · 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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in a show at Hopi House, get great views at Pima Point, and then stroll through Hermit Trail.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. 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 slightly colder days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 44°F, while nights are colder with lows around 15°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
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 The Forum Shops at Caesars, and finally enjoy some diversion at Battlefield Vegas. On the next day, pedal to the sights with Escape Adventures.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas day trip planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January, you will find days in Las Vegas are a bit warmer (59°F), and nights are much warmer (40°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Escape Adventures ©
Escape Adventures
Palazzo Resort Casino ©
Palazzo Resort Casino
Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah ©
Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah

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