12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Las Vegas
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Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Santa Cruz
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Reno
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
End: Las Vegas

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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 15th (Wed), take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then enjoy breathtaking views from High Roller, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and finally make a trip to Bellagio Fountains.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas day trip planner.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major airports are McCarran International Airport and Laughlin Bullhead International Airport. May in Las Vegas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature
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Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio

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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.
On the 16th (Thu), make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles online tour planner .

You can fly from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in May, with highs in Los Angeles at 28°C and lows at 17°C. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
On the 19th (Sun), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, things will get little chillier in Santa Cruz: highs are around 24°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Monterey, Point Lobos, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): examine the collection at de Young Museum and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Lombard Street, then go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and finally browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Francisco itinerary planner.

Getting from Santa Cruz to San Francisco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Reno.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Museums
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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Reno

Reno ©
A sea of casinos in the high desert of the Sierra Nevadas, Reno capitalizes on gaming and nightlife.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Gatekeeper's Museum, then explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, and then step into the grandiose world of Vikingsholm. Keep things going the next day: try your luck at Peppermill Casino, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and then try to win big at Casino at Silver Legacy Resort.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Reno trip planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Reno by combination of subway, flight, and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Reno when traveling from San Francisco in May, with lows around 9°C. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Reno

Fun & Games Casinos Historic Sites

Side Trips

Emerald Bay State Park, Gatekeeper's Museum, Vikingsholm
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Peppermill Casino ©
Peppermill Casino
National Automobile Museum ©
National Automobile Museum
Vikingsholm ©
Vikingsholm

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