8 days in Miami & West Coast Itinerary

8 days in Miami & West Coast Itinerary

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8 days in Miami & West Coast Itinerary

Start: Miami
1
Miami
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Anaheim
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
San Bernardino
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Miami

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Miami

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
On the 26th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, wander the streets of Lincoln Road, then kick back and relax at South Beach, and finally examine the collection at Lock & Load Museum.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Miami online visit planner .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Miami. In December, daily temperatures in Miami can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Miami

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Miami Beach
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South Beach ©
South Beach
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens ©
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

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San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Diego itinerary planner .

Getting from Miami to San Diego by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Miami to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Miami in December; daily highs in San Diego reach 68°F and lows reach 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

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Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): experience the excitement of Toy Story Midway Mania! and then get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Anaheim trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Anaheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in December, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Bernardino.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Fun & Games
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Toy Story Midway Mania! ©
Toy Story Midway Mania!

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San Bernardino

San Bernardino ©
San Bernardino is a city located in the Riverside-San Bernardino metropolitan area (sometimes called the "Inland Empire"). On the 29th (Sun), explore and take pictures at Rim of the World Highway and then take a peaceful walk through San Bernardino National Forest.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Bernardino vacation planning tool .

You can drive from Anaheim to San Bernardino in an hour. In December, daily temperatures in San Bernardino can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Bernardino

Scenic Drive Parks Nature
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San Bernardino National Forest ©
San Bernardino National Forest

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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 30th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Bernardino to Los Angeles takes 1.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Bernardino in December since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
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Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
The Grove ©
The Grove

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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 31st (Tue): contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo, then explore the galleries of Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, and finally take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip maker website .

Getting from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Santa Barbara, with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites
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Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Santa Barbara to Monterey by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in December: highs in Monterey hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

Point Lobos
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe ©
Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 2nd (Thu), make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Monterey to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 46°F at night. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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