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
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Carmel
— 2 nights
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Valley of Fire State Park and Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas. The Neon Museum and Titanic will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of The Strip, ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, and see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Las Vegas tour itinerary planner.

Oslo, Norway to Las Vegas is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Oslo in January, expect nights in Las Vegas to be much hotter, around 5°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Palm Springs

Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Palm Springs Air Museum and then shop like a local with CODA Gallery.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Palm Springs route maker tool.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Palm Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in January, with highs in Palm Springs at 25°C and lows at 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 · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Petersen Automotive Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. There's much more to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, examine the collection at Japanese American National Museum, don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and explore the world behind art at Craft Contemporary.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles road trip planning app.

Getting from Palm Springs to Los Angeles by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to 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).

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon trip 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 little chillier than Los Angeles - with highs of 20°C and lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car 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. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then look for gifts at 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, then get engrossed in the history at Colton Hall Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Cannery Row.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Carmel online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Simeon in January since evenings lows in Carmel dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches

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.
Popular historic sites such as Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Exploratorium and Asian Art Museum. And it doesn't end there: engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, examine the collection at de Young Museum, explore the galleries of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner.

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 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) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

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.