15 days in California, Elko & Las Vegas Itinerary

15 days in California, Elko & Las Vegas Itinerary

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15 days in California, Elko & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Cleveland
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
San Luis Obispo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Mammoth Lakes
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Elko
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Cleveland

1
night
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 4th (Wed), look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles tour itinerary planner .

Cleveland to Los Angeles is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cleveland to Los Angeles is minus 3 hours. While traveling from Cleveland, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

2
nights
San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo ©
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. On the 5th (Thu), take in the history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at Avila Valley Barn, take a leisurely stroll along Pismo Pier, then take a stroll through Bubblegum Alley, and finally explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read San Luis Obispo trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Los Angeles in September since evenings lows in San Luis Obispo dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Pismo Pier, Morro Rock, Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock
Avila Valley Barn ©
Avila Valley Barn

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): stroll around Golden Gate Park and then buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco travel route planner .

You can fly from San Luis Obispo to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from San Luis Obispo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

2
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Mammoth Mountain. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Devils Postpile National Monument, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Mammoth Lakes tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Mammoth Lakes takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for much colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in September since evenings lows in Mammoth Lakes dip to 38°F. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Elko.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Washburn Point ©
Washburn Point

2
nights
Elko

Elko ©
Elko is the largest city and county seat of Elko County, Nevada, United States. To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Elko trip planner .

Drive from Mammoth Lakes to Elko in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In September, daytime highs in Elko are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Elko

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Humboldt National Forest ©
Humboldt National Forest
Northeastern Nevada Museum ©
Northeastern Nevada Museum
Western Folklife Center ©
Western Folklife Center

3
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 out of town with these interesting Las Vegas side-trips: Boulder City (Winged Figures of the Republic Statues & Hoover Dam). There's still lots to do: ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, enjoy breathtaking views from High Roller, take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Las Vegas day trip website .

Getting from Elko to Las Vegas by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Elko in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 93°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Boulder City
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
On the 16th (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame and then discover the magic at Disneyland Park. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, and then catch some excitement at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Los Angeles online holiday planner .

Getting from Las Vegas to Los Angeles by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Las Vegas in September: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 85°F and lows are around 66°F. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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