13 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

13 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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13 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

2
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, take an in-depth tour of Avila Adobe, and see the interesting displays at The Grammy Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles day trip planning app .

Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Los Angeles is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in December, things will get slightly colder in Los Angeles: highs are around 24°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Norton Simon Museum
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, and then admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): examine the collection at The Neon Museum, try to win big at Casino at the Venetian, and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas vacation planning site .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in December; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 16°C and lows reach 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and The Embarcadero. Get a sense of the local culture at Fisherman's Wharf and Twin Peaks. And it doesn't end there: get curious at Exploratorium, admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online route planner .

You can fly from Las Vegas to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. Traveling from Las Vegas in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
nights
Yosemite National Park

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Parsons Memorial and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Get outdoors at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Nature Center at Happy Isles. On the 31st (Mon), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at North Dome and explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park journey planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 9°C by day to -11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
North Dome ©
North Dome

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