43 days in United States, Vancouver & Los Cabos Itinerary

43 days in United States, Vancouver & Los Cabos Itinerary

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43 days in United States, Vancouver & Los Cabos Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  18 h
1
Vancouver, Canada
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  9 h 45 min
2
Cabo Pulmo, Mexico
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h
3
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
San Diego, United States
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Los Angeles, United States
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Yosemite National Park, United States
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Monterey, United States
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
8
Napa, United States
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
San Francisco, United States
— 5 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
10
Honolulu, United States
— 7 nights
Fly:  13 h
End: Sydney, Australia

4
nights
Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver ©
Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museum of Anthropology and Vancouver Biennale. Let the collections at Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre and Granville Island Gallery capture your imagination. Change things up with a short trip to Whistler Sliding Centre in Whistler (about 1h 50 min away). There's much more to do: stroll around Stanley Park, observe the fascinating underwater world at Vancouver Aquarium, take in the views from Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kitsilano Beach.

For maps and more tourist information, you can read our Vancouver trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Vancouver is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Vancouver is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get much colder in Vancouver: highs are around 7°C and lows about 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Cabo Pulmo.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Whistler, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
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Stanley Park ©
Stanley Park
Museum of Anthropology ©
Museum of Anthropology
Granville Island ©
Granville Island

1
day
Cabo Pulmo, Mexico

Cabo Pulmo ©
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cabo Pulmo Marine Preserve.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cabo Pulmo online journey planner .

Explore your travel options from Vancouver to Cabo Pulmo with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Vancouver to Cabo Pulmo. In December, Cabo Pulmo is much hotter than Vancouver - with highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Cabo Pulmo

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Cabo Pulmo Marine Preserve ©
Cabo Pulmo Marine Preserve

3
nights
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas ©
One of Mexico's premier vacation spots, Cabo San Lucas lures pleasure seekers with its trendy restaurant scene, raucous nightlife, and, of course, picture-perfect beaches.
Get a sense of the local culture at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art and Enrique Bascon, Galeria de Arte. Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery and Mi Casa Azul Art Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Galeria de Ida Victoria in San Jose del Cabo (about 38 minutes away). The adventure continues: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, kick back and relax at Chileno Beach, contemplate the long history of Church of Saint Luke, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Medano Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cabo San Lucas trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Cabo Pulmo to Cabo San Lucas in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

San Jose del Cabo, Cuadra San Francisco
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Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery ©
Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery
La Turquesa Jewelry and Art ©
La Turquesa Jewelry and Art
Church of Saint Luke ©
Church of Saint Luke

5
nights
San Diego, United States

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at USS Midway Museum and The Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum. Maritime Museum of San Diego and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a San Diego trip simple and quick.

You can fly from Cabo San Lucas to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cabo San Lucas to San Diego. Traveling from Cabo San Lucas in January, expect San Diego to be little chillier, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

The Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

5
nights
Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Los Angeles County Museum of Art and GRAMMY Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Tolerance, see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, and get curious at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles journey app .

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. January in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Norton Simon Museum
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 13:
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Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

5
nights
Yosemite National Park, United States

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Get a sense of the local culture at Parsons Memorial and Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, trek along Mariposa Grove, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery.

Before you visit Yosemite National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In January, Yosemite National Park is colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 7°C and lows of -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery
Parsons Memorial ©
Parsons Memorial

2
nights
Monterey, United States

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, then examine the collection at Moto Talbott, then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, and finally don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and then see the interesting displays at Canepa Motorsports Museum.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Monterey travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in Monterey

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Moto Talbott, Canepa Motorsports Museum
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Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Canepa Motorsports Museum ©
Canepa Motorsports Museum
Moto Talbott ©
Moto Talbott

4
nights
Napa, United States

Napa ©
Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Sharpsteen Museum and Sonoma Valley Museum of Art will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum and Mumm Napa. Change things up with these side-trips from Napa: St. Helena (Pride Mountain Vineyards & Beringer Vineyards), Charles M. Schulz Museum (in Santa Rosa) and Healdsburg (Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Sapphire Hill Winery, & more). There's more to do: do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Napa trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Monterey to Napa in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, subway, and bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Napa when traveling from Monterey in January, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Museums Tours

Side Trips

Healdsburg, St. Helena, Rutherford, Charles M. Schulz Museum, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
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Sapphire Hill Winery ©
Sapphire Hill Winery
The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum ©
Charles M. Schulz Museum ©
Charles M. Schulz Museum

5
nights
San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore and learn at Exploratorium and Asian Art Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, examine the collection at de Young Museum, brush up on your military savvy at USS Pampanito, and take a stroll through Union Square.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco route builder site .

You can drive from Napa to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from Napa in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

7
nights
Honolulu, United States

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Museum-lovers will appreciate USS Arizona Memorial and Iolani Palace. Honolulu Museum of Art and Hawaii State Art Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua), Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea) and Sunset Beach Park (in Haleiwa). There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, examine the collection at Bishop Museum, explore the activities along Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Valley of the Temples.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Honolulu online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from San Francisco to Honolulu by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Honolulu. Traveling from San Francisco in January, expect Honolulu to be much hotter, temps between 32°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, Kailua Beach Park, Sunset Beach Park, Valley of the Temples
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Bishop Museum ©
Bishop Museum
Honolulu Museum of Art ©
Honolulu Museum of Art

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