12 days in Las Vegas, San Diego & Los Angeles Itinerary

12 days in Las Vegas, San Diego & Los Angeles Itinerary

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12 days in Las Vegas, San Diego & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Drive:  11​h
1
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
End: San Jose

3
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bellagio Hotel and Casino and Dig This. And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with The Strip, ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, and try your luck at Casino at the Venetian.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas road trip app .

San Jose to Las Vegas is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May, Las Vegas is a bit warmer than San Jose - with highs of 87°F and lows of 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Adventure Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
The Strip ©
The Strip

4
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and La Jolla Cove. Visit La Jolla Shores Park and South Carlsbad State Beach for some beach relaxation. There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, pause for some photo ops at The Unconditional Surrender, enjoy some diversion at Petco Park, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego online route maker .

Getting from Las Vegas to San Diego by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Coronado Island, South Carlsbad State Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Los Angeles

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Bring the kids along to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Griffith Observatory. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disneyland Park in Anaheim, approximately 36 minutes away. Pack the 2nd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles holiday planning site .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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