9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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Fly
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Monterey
— Few hours
Drive
3
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive
4
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 1 night
Drive

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island and then don't miss a visit to Lombard Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then steep yourself in history at Battery Spencer.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Francisco travel itinerary planner.

Chicago to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Traveling from Chicago to San Francisco, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in December, expect nights in San Francisco to be a bit warmer, around 45°F, while days are much hotter, around 59°F. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Sat) before leaving for Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 26th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe and then take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Monterey online day trip planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in December, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Museums

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Big Sur

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): snap pictures at Bixby Bridge and then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Big Sur trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Big Sur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

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Death Valley National Park

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr, then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek, then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Golden Canyon.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Death Valley National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Big Sur in December; daily highs in Death Valley National Park reach 56°F and lows reach 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Death Valley National Park in December; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 69°F and lows reach 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks
Highlights from your trip

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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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument and then examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. December in San Diego sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 51°F at night. On the 1st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

United States travel guide

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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.