13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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13 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Big Sur
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Palm Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
6
Los Angeles
— 1 day
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Toronto

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nights
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 21st (Sat): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, then don't miss a visit to Book Passage, then buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and finally walk around Golden Gate Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco travel route website .

Toronto, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, car, and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in December, you will find days in San Francisco are warmer (17°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (8°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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hours
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
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 23rd (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Big Sur online route builder .

Getting from San Francisco to Big Sur by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Big Sur

Outdoors Beaches Nature
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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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 24th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Big Sur to Santa Barbara in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. When in Palm Springs, make a side trip to see The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in Palm Desert, approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Tahquitz Canyon, take an in-depth tour of Palm Springs Air Museum, stroll around Michael S Wolfson Park, and shop like a local with VillageFest.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Palm Springs tour builder .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Palm Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Traveling from Santa Barbara in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Palm Springs, with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Michael S Wolfson Park, The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Sam Cobb Farms
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Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Tahquitz Canyon ©
Tahquitz Canyon
San Jacinto Mountain ©
San Jacinto Mountain

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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.
Explore Santa Monica's surroundings by going to Six Flags Magic Mountain (in Santa Clarita) and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley). There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, take in the pleasant sights at 26-Mile Bike Path, shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, and see the interesting displays at The Getty Villa.

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Drive from Palm Springs to Santa Monica in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December in Santa Monica, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Beverly Hills, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, The Getty Villa, Six Flags Magic Mountain
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Farmers Market ©
Santa Monica Farmers Market

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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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Bradbury Building.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip website .

Los Angeles is very close to Santa Monica. In December in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Bradbury Building ©
Bradbury Building

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