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: Christchurch
Fly:  18​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Monterey
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Christchurch

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You've added Alcatraz Island, Golden Gate Bridge, Magowan's Infinite Mirror Maze, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 12th (Mon), take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, then have some family-friendly fun at Magowan's Infinite Mirror Maze, and then see the interesting displays at Ripley s Believe It or Not! San Francisco. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip tool .

Christchurch, New Zealand to San Francisco is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 20 hours traveling from Christchurch to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Christchurch in July, things will get much hotter in San Francisco: highs are around 26°C and lows about 16°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes McWay Falls, Bixby Bridge, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium and then walk around Lovers Point Park.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Monterey planning website .

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Monterey are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trips

Big Sur, Lovers Point Park
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

5
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Hard Rock Cafe, Universal Studios Hollywood, Hollywood Hikes, and other attractions. Do some cultural sightseeing at Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disneyland Park about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and examine the collection at The Hollywood Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Monterey to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In July, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than Monterey - with highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas, High Roller and Stratosphere Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas travel route tool .

Fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 47°C by day to 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Madame Tussauds -  Las Vegas ©
Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas

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