13 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

13 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
2
Santa Cruz
— Few hours
3
Carmel
— Few hours
4
Big Sur
— Few hours
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Morro Bay
— Few hours
7
Santa Barbara
— Few hours
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Las Vegas
— 6 nights

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You've now added Palace of Fine Arts Theatre to your itinerary. On the 21st (Fri), head off the coast to Alcatraz Island and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf. On the next day, catch a live performance at Palace of Fine Arts Theatre and then take a stroll through Union Square.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary planning tool.

Memphis to San Francisco is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Memphis in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 45°F. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Union Square ©
Union Square

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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.
To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Santa Cruz online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Santa Cruz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Santa Cruz, with lows around 40°F. On the 23rd (Sun), you're off to Carmel.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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Carmel

Carmel
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Carmel takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Carmel, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 43°F at night. You will leave for Big Sur on the 23rd (Sun).

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

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Big Sur

Big Sur
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Big Sur trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Big Sur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 43°F at night. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

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San Simeon

San Simeon
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip builder site.

Getting from Big Sur to San Simeon by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Big Sur in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 33°F in San Simeon. On the 24th (Mon), you'll travel to Morro Bay.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

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Morro Bay

Morro Bay ©
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. On the 24th (Mon), examine the collection at Morro Bay State Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Morro Bay trip planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Morro Bay in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from San Simeon in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Morro Bay, with lows around 42°F. On the 24th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Morro Bay State Park ©
Morro Bay State Park

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hours
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), don't miss a visit to Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Santa Barbara trip website.

Getting from Morro Bay to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Los Angeles.
Highlights from your plan
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

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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 25th (Tue), take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then look for all kinds of wild species at Westridge-Canyonback Wilderness Park, then shop like a local with The Grove, and finally make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Santa Barbara in December, with lows around 49°F. You'll set off for Las Vegas on the 27th (Thu).

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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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.
Appreciate the collections at The Neon Museum and Pinball Hall of Fame. Shop till you drop at The Strip and The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Nostalgia Street Rods, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and take an in-depth tour of Titanic.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas holiday maker site.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, things will get little chillier in Las Vegas: highs are around 57°F and lows about 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums · Tours · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Neon Museum ©
The Neon Museum
Nostalgia Street Rods ©
Nostalgia Street Rods

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