12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly + bus:  10​h 30​min
1
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Beverly Hills
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Laguna Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Malibu
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
6
Calabasas
— 1 day
Drive:  45​min
7
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: New York City

1
night
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe attractions planner .

New York City to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to South Lake Tahoe due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in South Lake Tahoe when traveling from New York City in January, with lows around 18°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Beverly Hills.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Heavenly Mountain Resort
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1
night
Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills ©
Beverly Hills is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States, surrounded by the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): browse the different shops at Two Rodeo, take a memorable drive along Mulholland Drive, take a stroll through Sunset Strip, then browse the different shops at Beverly Center, and finally wander the streets of Rodeo Drive.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Beverly Hills trip itinerary site .

Do a combination of bus and flight from South Lake Tahoe to Beverly Hills in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in January; daily highs in Beverly Hills reach 67°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Beverly Hills

Shopping Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trips

Beverly Center, Sunset Strip
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Rodeo Drive ©
Rodeo Drive
Two Rodeo Drive ©
Two Rodeo Drive
Beverly Center ©
Beverly Center

3
nights
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.
Visiting Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Bronson Caves will get you outdoors. Head to The Grove and Studio City Farmers Marketfor plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: hunt for treasures at Melrose Trading Post, look for gifts at The Original Farmers Market, get some fabulous bargains at Citadel Outlets, and take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary maker app .

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Beverly Hills. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in January, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Theme Parks Museums
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Melrose Trading Post ©
Melrose Trading Post
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Walt Disney Concert Hall ©
Walt Disney Concert Hall

2
nights
Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach ©
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take in the waterfront at Dana Point Harbor and then enjoy the sand and surf at Laguna Beach.

Make your Laguna Beach itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Los Angeles to Laguna Beach in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Malibu.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Dana Point, South Coast Plaza, Fashion Island
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Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Dolphin & Whale Watching
South Coast Plaza ©
South Coast Plaza

1
night
Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. On the 12th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Zuma Beach, kick back and relax at El Matador State Beach, then make a trip to Malibu Pier, then wander the streets of Malibu Colony, and finally admire all the interesting features of Pepperdine University.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Malibu journey app .

Drive from Laguna Beach to Malibu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and tram; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in January, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Calabasas.

Things to do in Malibu

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
El Matador State Beach ©
El Matador State Beach
Malibu Colony ©
Malibu Colony

1
day
Calabasas

Calabasas ©
Calabasas is a city in Los Angeles County, California, located in the hills west of the San Fernando Valley and in the northwest Santa Monica Mountains between Woodland Hills, Agoura Hills, West Hills, Hidden Hills, and Malibu, California. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): make a trip to Calabasas Commons, then admire the natural beauty at Gardens of the World, and then immerse yourself in nature at Malibu Creek State Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Calabasas day trip tool .

Calabasas is just a short distance from Malibu. In January, daytime highs in Calabasas are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Calabasas

Parks Nature

Side Trip

The Gardens of the World
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Malibu Creek State Park ©
Malibu Creek State Park
Calabasas Commons ©
Calabasas Commons
The Gardens of the World ©
The Gardens of the World

3
nights
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.
Head to Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Placefor plenty of shopping. Take a break from the city and head to Santa Monica Beach and 26-Mile Bike Path. Take a break from Santa Monica with a short trip to Hermosa Beach Pier in Hermosa Beach, about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Bergamot Station, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ocean Avenue, and wander the streets of Montana Avenue.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica trip builder app .

You can drive from Calabasas to Santa Monica in an hour. In January in Santa Monica, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 49°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Hermosa Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach
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Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach

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