37 days in United States Itinerary

37 days in United States Itinerary

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San Diego
— 6 nights
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Los Angeles
— 7 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
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San Luis Obispo
— 5 nights
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Carmel
— 6 nights
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San Francisco
— 7 nights
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San Diego

America's Finest City

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and Mormon Battalion Historic Site. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La Jolla Shores Park and Coronado Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from San Diego: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (in Borrego Springs) and Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine). There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, shop like a local with Liberty Public Market, explore the striking landscape at Point Loma, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego trip site.

Dallas to San Diego is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dallas to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dallas in January, expect San Diego to be somewhat warmer, temps between 67°F and 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

7
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Los Angeles

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Do your shopping at LA Farmers' Market and The Grove. Visit The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens and Hollywood Walk of Fame for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Mission San Juan Capistrano (in San Juan Capistrano), Crystal Cove (in Laguna Beach) and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Palm Springs Art Museum, wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, and see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner.

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

5
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Santa Barbara

The American Riviera

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.
Head to Camarillo Premium Outlets and Human Arts Galleryfor plenty of shopping. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wine Tours & Tastings and Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Explore Santa Barbara's surroundings by going to Ostrich Land (in Buellton), Tule Elk Reserve State Natural Reserve (in Buttonwillow) and Wildling Museum of Art and Nature (in Solvang). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve, explore the fascinating underground world of Salt Cave, and browse the different shops at Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, plan for little chillier nights in Santa Barbara, with lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Shopping · Wineries · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

5
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San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. Escape the urban bustle at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop and Moonstone Beach Dr. Get some historical perspective at Hearst Castle and Santa Rosa Catholic Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Templeton (Jack Creek Celllars & Rotta Winery), Harmony Pottery Works (in Harmony) and Cambria (Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, Greenspace Creekside Reserve, &more). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Grove, brush up on your military savvy at Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Steynberg Gallery, and learn about winemaking at Tobin James Cellars.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Luis Obispo road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in January, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Carmel

Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Pfeiffer State Beach and Asilomar State Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery and Wyland Gallery Carmel. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Santa Cruz (West Cliff Drive & Natural Bridges State Beach), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing) and Big Sur (McWay Falls, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and do a tasting at De Tierra Vineyards Tasting Room.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Carmel online trip maker.

Traveling by car from San Luis Obispo to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from San Luis Obispo in February, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Get some cultural insight at Golden Gate Bridge and California State Railroad Museum. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Mumm Napa (in Rutherford), Crocker Art Museum (in Sacramento) and Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Walt Disney Family Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands, and admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.