8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Pebble Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Joshua Tree National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Newark

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): see the interesting displays at SS Jeremiah O'Brien and then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, then steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, then see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco road trip site .

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Newark in December: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 59°F and lows are around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Pebble Beach.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum

2
nights
Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach ©
Pebble Beach is an unincorporated community on the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey County, California. On the 7th (Fri), examine the collection at Moto Talbott, then immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and then take in the exciting artwork at Coast Gallery Big Sur. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Bird Rock Vista Point, immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, then see the interesting displays at Jameson Classic Motorcycle Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Hawthorne Gallery.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Pebble Beach holiday maker site .

You can drive from San Francisco to Pebble Beach in 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Pebble Beach are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Pebble Beach

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Moto Talbott
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Moto Talbott ©
Moto Talbott

1
night
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 9th (Sun): wander the streets of State Street, contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, then get curious at MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, and finally learn about winemaking at Grassini Family Vineyards.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Santa Barbara route planner.

Traveling by car from Pebble Beach to Santa Barbara takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In December in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
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Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Grassini Family Vineyards ©
Grassini Family Vineyards

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nights
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Outdoor Desert Art Museum of Assemblage Sculpture, then examine the collection at Integratron, then examine the collection at The Dream Wanderer, and finally appreciate the history behind Johnny Lang Grave. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at La Quinta Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town La Quinta, and then take an in-depth tour of General George S. Patton Memorial Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Joshua Tree National Park trip planner .

Getting from Santa Barbara to Joshua Tree National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Santa Barbara in December, you will find days in Joshua Tree National Park are slightly colder (61°F), and nights are about the same (39°F). On the 12th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Landers, La Quinta, General George S. Patton Memorial Museum, Outdoor Desert Art Museum of Assemblage Sculpture
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The Dream Wanderer ©
The Dream Wanderer
Integratron ©
Integratron

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