58 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

58 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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58 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Sydney
Fly + taxi:  15​h 30​min
Santa Monica
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Diego
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h
Las Vegas
— 10 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 11 nights
Drive:  5​h
St. Helena
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 11 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
Sydney

9
days
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Getty Center The Publications and Santa Monica Pier. El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Hollywood Forever Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Explore Santa Monica's surroundings by going to Los Angeles (Cabrillo Beach, Hollywood Walk of Fame, & more), Hermosa Beach Pier (in Hermosa Beach) and Zuma Beach (in Malibu). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manhattan Beach, and get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits & Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica travel itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Santa Monica is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 18 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Santa Monica can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Hermosa Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach, Zuma Beach
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Hermosa Beach Pier
El Pueblo de Los Angeles

8
days
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 outdoors at La Jolla Cove and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. USS Midway Museum and Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore San Diego's surroundings by going to Encinitas (Moonlight Beach & Self-Realization Fellowship Hermitage). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo, kick back and relax at Coronado Beach, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, and explore the galleries of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Diego trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in San Diego are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Encinitas, Coronado Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
San Diego Zoo

10
days
Las Vegas

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Strip and The Mob Museum. Get outdoors at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Valley of Fire State Park. When in Las Vegas, make a side trip to see Hoover Dam in Boulder City, approximately 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Bellagio Fountains, try to win big at MGM Grand, enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip planner.

You can fly from San Diego to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Diego in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Fun & Games Casinos Parks

Side Trips

Hoover Dam, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Valley of Fire State Park
Highlights from your plan
Bellagio Hotel and Casino
The Strip

3
days
Carmel

Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and San Carlos Cathedral. Relax by the water at Point Lobos State Reserve and Carmel River State Beach. When in Carmel, make a side trip to see Pfeiffer State Beach in Big Sur, approximately 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel itinerary builder.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Las Vegas to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Las Vegas in June, expect Carmel to be cooler, temps between 23°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Pfeiffer State Beach, San Carlos Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve
Asilomar State Beach

10
days
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Tioga Pass. Take a break from Yosemite National Park with a short trip to Tioga Rd in Lee Vining, about 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bridalveil Fall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at May Lake Trailhead.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park custom trip planner.

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in June, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, around 5°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Tioga Rd
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome

3
days
St. Helena

The city of St.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pride Mountain Vineyards and Schramsberg Vineyards. Dedicate the 19th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Inglenook.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our St. Helena vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to St. Helena takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, St. Helena is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Tours

Side Trips

Inglenook, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, Schramsberg Vineyards, Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Wine Tours & Tastings
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards

11
days
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. You'll get in some beach time at Baker Beach and Montara State Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach). Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through SoMa (South of Market Street), and engage your brain at Exploratorium.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip generator.

Drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and subway. While traveling from St. Helena, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trips

Montara State Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf
Twin Peaks

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