7 days in United States Itinerary

7 days in United States Itinerary

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7 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  4​h 30​min
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San Francisco
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
2
Half Moon Bay
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
3
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
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Monterey
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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Carmel
— Few hours
bus:  30​min
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Big Sur
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
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Morro Bay
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
9
Solvang
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
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Pismo Beach
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
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Santa Barbara
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
12
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
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Irvine
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
14
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: Seattle

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San Francisco

San Francisco
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco online tour itinerary builder .

Seattle to San Francisco is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Seattle in December, expect San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 59°F and 45°F. On the 25th (Wed), you'll travel to Half Moon Bay.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Wineries

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Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay ©
Half Moon Bay is a coastal city in San Mateo County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): kick back and relax at Half Moon Bay State Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Half Moon Bay trip itinerary planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. December in Half Moon Bay sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Half Moon Bay

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Half Moon Bay State Beach ©
Half Moon Bay State Beach

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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
On the 25th (Wed), kick back and relax at Natural Bridges State Beach.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Santa Cruz using our trip planner.

You can drive from Half Moon Bay to Santa Cruz in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In December in Santa Cruz, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. 17-Mile Drive has been added to your itinerary. On the 26th (Thu), explore and take pictures at 17-Mile Drive.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey road trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Monterey in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Monterey, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 43°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Thu) before leaving for Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Scenic Drive Outdoors
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17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

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Carmel

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. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmel Mission, then admire the architecture and history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, and finally take a stroll through Ocean Avenue.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Carmel vacation planner .

Carmel is very close to Monterey. In December in Carmel, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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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.
On the 26th (Thu), take a memorable drive along Old Coast Road and then take in the views from Bixby Bridge.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Big Sur online itinerary planner .

Big Sur is very close to Carmel. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in December, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

Scenic Drive Outdoors
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Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip maker site .

You can drive from Big Sur to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Big Sur in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in San Simeon, with lows of 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Morro Bay.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Wildlife

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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Morro Bay

Morro Bay ©
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. On the 27th (Fri), explore the activities along Morro Bay National Estuary and then immerse yourself in nature at Montana de Oro State Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Morro Bay day trip planner.

Drive from San Simeon to Morro Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from San Simeon in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 42°F in Morro Bay. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Solvang.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Montana de Oro State Park
Highlights from your plan
Montana de Oro State Park ©
Montana de Oro State Park

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Solvang

Solvang
Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Solvang travel route planner.

You can drive from Morro Bay to Solvang in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Morro Bay in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Solvang, with lows of 37°F. You will leave for Pismo Beach on the 28th (Sat).

Things to do in Solvang

Wineries Outdoors Parks

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Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Monarch Butterfly Grove, then take in the history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, and then wander the streets of Bubblegum Alley.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Pismo Beach road trip site .

Getting from Solvang to Pismo Beach by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in December, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Neighborhoods Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

San Luis Obispo
Highlights from your plan
Bubblegum Alley ©
Bubblegum Alley
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa ©
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

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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 28th (Sat): wander the streets of State Street Underpass and then identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara driving holiday planner .

Getting from Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Neighborhoods Scenic Drive Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Douglas Family Preserve ©
Douglas Family Preserve

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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.
On the 29th (Sun), take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, then take in a show at Melrose Trading Post, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles travel route builder website .

Drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Santa Barbara in December since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 49°F. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Irvine.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Nightlife Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Melrose Trading Post ©
Melrose Trading Post
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard

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Irvine

Irvine
Irvine is a city in Orange County, California, United States. For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Irvine trip maker site .

Getting from Los Angeles to Irvine by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in December, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Irvine

Outdoors Parks Tours

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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.
For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego route site .

You can drive from Irvine to San Diego in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in December, and nighttime lows around 51°F. You will leave for home on the 31st (Tue).

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Tours Parks

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