16 days in Las Vegas & California Itinerary

16 days in Las Vegas & California Itinerary

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Las Vegas
— 3 nights
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Palm Springs
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Las Vegas

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Strip and Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas. You'll explore and learn at The Neon Museum and Titanic. Go for a jaunt from Las Vegas to Overton to see Valley of Fire State Park about 1h 10 min away. It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum and ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Las Vegas road trip planner.

Oslo, Norway to Las Vegas is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. While traveling from Oslo, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Palm Springs

On the 20th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Palm Springs Air Museum and then take in the exciting artwork at CODA Gallery.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Palm Springs holiday builder tool.

Drive from Las Vegas to Palm Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Las Vegas in January: high temperatures in Palm Springs hover around 25°C and lows are around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Los Angeles

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Griffith Observatory. Your inner history buff will appreciate Hollywood Walk of Fame and Avila Adobe. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, engage your brain at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, get engrossed in the history at Autry Museum of the American West, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Palm Springs to Los Angeles by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In January in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. On the 25th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop and then see the interesting displays at Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary).

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Simeon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. In January, San Simeon is a bit cooler than Los Angeles - with highs of 20°C and lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife · Parks · Museums

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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. On the 27th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then stop by The Cheese Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Colton Hall Museum, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Carmel day trip tool.

Drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 7°C in Carmel. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and Asian Art Museum. The adventure continues: engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, brush up on your military savvy at USS Pampanito, and take a stroll through The Embarcadero.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in San Francisco are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.