17 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

17 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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17 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Manchester

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Exploratorium and Union Squarefor plenty of shopping. Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, make a trip to Book Passage, kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary maker app .

Manchester, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to San Francisco is minus 8 hours. In July in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take a memorable tour with Tours and then immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, stroll through Point Lobos, and then make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey tour planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©

2
nights
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.
On the 7th (Tue), make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, then take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf, then get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, wander the streets of State Street Underpass, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Monterey to Santa Barbara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Monterey in July, you will find days in Santa Barbara are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Grove and Santa Monica Farmers Market. Kids will appreciate attractions like Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Santa Monica and see Third Street Promenade, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, stop by Amoeba Music, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and make a trip to Santa Monica Pier.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than Santa Barbara - with highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

3
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.
Kids will enjoy La Jolla Cove and San Diego Zoo. Shop till you drop at Gaslamp Quarter and Spanish Village Art Center. Change things up with a short trip to Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Diego journey planning app .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: highs in San Diego hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears

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.
On the 15th (Wed), explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and then identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Here are some ideas for day two: shop like a local with The Strip, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and finally ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Las Vegas trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Las Vegas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 47°C by day to 32°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip

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