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: Memphis
Fly:  8​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Santa Cruz
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
3
Carmel
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
4
Big Sur
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
5
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
6
Morro Bay
— Few hours
7
Santa Barbara
— Few hours
8
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
9
Las Vegas
— 6 nights
End: Memphis

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre has been added to your itinerary. On the 21st (Fri), head off the coast to Alcatraz Island and then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf. Here are some ideas for day two: catch a live performance at Palace of Fine Arts Theatre and then shop like a local with Union Square.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner .

Memphis to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Memphis to San Francisco. Traveling from Memphis in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 45°F. You will leave for Santa Cruz on the 23rd (Sun).

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Union Square ©
Union Square

few
hours
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.
For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Santa Cruz trip website .

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 slightly colder nights in Santa Cruz, with lows around 40°F. You will leave for Carmel on the 23rd (Sun).

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Parks Tours

few
hours
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 find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Carmel road trip planning tool .

Drive from Santa Cruz to Carmel in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. On the 23rd (Sun), you're off toBig Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Tours

few
hours
Big Sur

Big Sur
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Big Sur tour itinerary site .

Big Sur is just a stone's throw from Carmel. December in Big Sur sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 43°F at night. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Nature

1
night
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.
To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon online attractions planner .

You can drive from Big Sur to San Simeon in 4 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Big Sur in December since evenings lows in San Simeon dip to 33°F. On the 24th (Mon), you'll travel to Morro Bay.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Nature

few
hours
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. To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Morro Bay trip itinerary builder .

Drive from San Simeon to Morro Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Simeon in December since evenings lows in Morro Bay dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Morro Bay

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

few
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.
To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara attractions planning website .

You can drive from Morro Bay to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.
Highlights from your plan
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, and then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at The Getty Center, identify plant and animal life at Westridge-Canyonback Wilderness Park, then browse the different shops at The Grove, and finally don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 49°F. You'll set off for Las Vegas on the 27th (Thu).

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

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

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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.
The Neon Museum and Pinball Hall of Fame will appeal to museum buffs. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Strip and The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Nostalgia Street Rods, try to win big at Casino at the Venetian, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and take an in-depth tour of Titanic.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Las Vegas vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, Las Vegas is a bit cooler than Los Angeles - with highs of 57°F and lows of 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

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

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