15 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

15 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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15 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Oslo
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
3
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + foot + shuttle + bus:  5​h 45​min
5
Carmel
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Oslo

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.
On the 17th (Wed), take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planner.

Oslo, Norway to Los Angeles is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. In January, Los Angeles is warmer than Oslo - with highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area ©
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Walt Disney Concert Hall ©
Walt Disney Concert Hall

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at The Strip and The Neon Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Valley of Fire State Park and Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Mob Museum, admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, explore the world behind art at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, and take an in-depth tour of Titanic.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Las Vegas sightseeing site .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. In January, Las Vegas is slightly colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 17°C and lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Valley of Fire State Park, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
Pinball Hall of Fame ©
Pinball Hall of Fame

2
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Get some historical perspective at Oceanside Pier and Old Point Loma Lighthouse. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and take a leisurely stroll along Seaport Village.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Diego tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Las Vegas to San Diego in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in January, with highs in San Diego at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Oceanside Pier
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Oceanside Pier ©
Oceanside Pier
Old Point Loma Lighthouse ©
Old Point Loma Lighthouse

2
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. On the 26th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert, then take a stroll through El Paseo Shopping District, and then get some fabulous bargains at Cabazon Outlets. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Palm Springs Art Museum and then explore the stunning scenery at Indian Canyons.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Palm Springs road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Palm Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Palm Springs are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Palm Desert, Cabazon Outlets
Highlights from your plan
Cabazon Outlets ©
Cabazon Outlets
Palm Springs Art Museum ©
Palm Springs Art Museum
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons

2
nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmel Mission, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, then enjoy the sea views from Point Pinos Lighthouse, and finally stop by The Cheese Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, explore the world behind art at National Steinbeck Center, and then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary builder website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Palm Springs to Carmel in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Palm Springs in January, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Historic Sites Trails Museums

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, National Steinbeck Center
Highlights from your plan
Carmel Mission ©
Carmel Mission
Spas & Wellness
National Steinbeck Center ©
National Steinbeck Center

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