17 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

17 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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17 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Stockholm
Fly + subway:  13​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Luis Obispo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Mojave
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Santa Monica
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h
Stockholm

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Bring the kids along to Exploratorium and Japanese Tea Garden. Change things up with a short trip to Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa (about 1h 10 min away). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alcatraz Island, buy something for everyone on your list at Ghirardelli Square, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary builder.

Stockholm, Sweden to San Francisco is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and subway. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Stockholm in December: highs in San Francisco hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

1
day
Monterey

Monterey ©
The City of Monterey in Monterey County is located on the southern edge of Monterey Bay, on Central California's Pacific coast in California. On the 22nd (Sat), admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Monterey itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December in Monterey, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trip

Point Lobos State Reserve
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

1
day
San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock, don't miss a visit to Bubblegum Alley, and then identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Grove.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Luis Obispo tour planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Luis Obispo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in San Luis Obispo are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Monarch Butterfly Grove, Morro Rock
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Monarch Butterfly Grove
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock
Bubblegum Alley ©
Bubblegum Alley

1
day
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.
On the 24th (Mon), take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf, take a stroll through State Street, and then steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara vacation builder.

Traveling by car from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Santa Barbara sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mojave.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors
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Old Mission Santa Barbara
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Stearns Wharf ©
Stearns Wharf

1
day
Mojave

Mojave
To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Mojave travel itinerary creator.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Mojave in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Santa Barbara in December, you will find days in Mojave are a bit cooler (15°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). You will leave for Las Vegas on the 25th (Tue).

Things to do in Mojave

Parks Outdoors Nature

2
days
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 26th (Wed), explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and finally make a trip to Bellagio Fountains. Here are some ideas for day two: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, enjoy breathtaking views from High Roller, and then wander the streets of The Strip.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Mojave to Las Vegas by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly. In December, daily temperatures in Las Vegas can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains

1
day
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, within the Coachella Valley. On the 28th (Fri), take in breathtaking views at Tahquitz Canyon, then take in breathtaking views at Indian Canyons, and then don't miss a visit to VillageFest.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Palm Springs itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Palm Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in December; daily highs in Palm Springs reach 23°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Tahquitz Canyon ©
Tahquitz Canyon

5
days
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Santa Monica Pier and Manhattan Beach. Explore Santa Monica's surroundings by going to Hermosa Beach Pier (in Hermosa Beach), Six Flags Magic Mountain (in Santa Clarita) and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library (in Simi Valley). There's lots more to do: stroll through Santa Monica Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Santa Monica Mountains, examine the collection at The Getty Villa, and explore the landscape on two wheels at 26-Mile Bike Path.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Monica vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Santa Monica takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Santa Monica, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Beverly Hills, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach Pier, The Getty Villa
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Santa Monica Beach ©
Santa Monica Beach
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier
Hermosa Beach Pier ©
Hermosa Beach Pier

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