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

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 Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La Jolla Shores Park and Pacific 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). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, shop like a local with Liberty Public Market, take in the dramatic natural features at Point Loma, and steep yourself in history at Mormon Battalion Historic Site.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Diego road trip site.

Dallas to San Diego is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to San Diego is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Dallas in January; daily highs in San Diego reach 67°F and lows reach 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

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Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach

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Los Angeles

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 Citadel Outlets. 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). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Palm Springs Art Museum, take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, and browse the different shops at Universal CityWalk Hollywood.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles travel route planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano

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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.
For shopping fun, head to Camarillo Premium Outlets or Ostrich Land. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wine Tours & Tastings and State Street Underpass. Venture out of the city with trips to Tule Elk Reserve State Natural Reserve (in Buttonwillow), Human Arts Gallery (in Ojai) and Wildling Museum of Art and Nature (in Solvang). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, buy something for everyone on your list at Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants, identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve, and make a trip to Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara itinerary planner.

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, Santa Barbara is slightly colder at night with lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Shopping · Tours · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Camarillo Premium Outlets ©
Camarillo Premium Outlets

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San Luis Obispo

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 and Moonstone Beach Dr. Get some historical perspective at Hearst Castle and Rotta Winery. Venture out of the city with trips to Harmony Pottery Works (in Harmony), Cambria (Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, Greenspace Creekside Reserve, &more) and Jack Creek Celllars (in Templeton). 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

Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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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. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Pfeiffer State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery and AiX. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Big Sur (McWay Falls & Coast Gallery Big Sur), Santa Cruz (West Cliff Drive & Natural Bridges State Beach) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing). There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, learn about winemaking at De Tierra Vineyards Tasting Room, kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip planner.

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. Traveling from San Luis Obispo in February, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 45°F, while days are little chillier, around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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San Francisco

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 Marin Headlands. Get some cultural insight at Golden Gate Bridge and Walt Disney Family Museum. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga), Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and Sacramento (California State Railroad Museum & Crocker Art Museum). And it doesn't end there: trek along Lands End, shop like a local with City Lights Booksellers, view the masterpieces at Mumm Napa, and browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco sightseeing tool.

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In February in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum

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