4 days in United States Itinerary

4 days in United States Itinerary

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4 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
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Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
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Santa Barbara
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
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Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You've added Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, Chinatown, Alcatraz Tours, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): see Alcatraz Tours, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, see a show at Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then browse the different shops at Ghirardelli Square, and finally take a stroll through Chinatown.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco route builder tool .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Shopping Tours
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Ghirardelli Square ©
Ghirardelli Square
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Friends of the Elephant Seal as well as Monterey Bay Aquarium. On the 23rd (Mon), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Monterey road trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Monterey are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trips

Big Sur, Friends of the Elephant Seal
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Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Monterey to Santa Barbara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. 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 24th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites
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Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Venice Canals Walkway as well as Santa Monica Pier. On the 24th (Tue), get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway and then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Santa Monica trip planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Santa Monica, with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Venice Canals Walkway
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Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Venice Canals Walkway ©
Venice Canals Walkway

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