17 days in Las Vegas & California Itinerary

17 days in Las Vegas & California Itinerary

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17 days in Las Vegas & California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Santa Maria
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: London

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens and then take in a show at Bellagio Fountains.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip planning website .

London, UK to Las Vegas is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Las Vegas is minus 8 hours. When traveling from London in September, plan for warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 39°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and The Grove. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Santa Monica (Montana Avenue & Santa Monica Mountains). Pack the 25th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and stop by Amoeba Music.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Las Vegas in September, expect Los Angeles to be slightly colder, temps between 34°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

1
night
Santa Maria

Santa Maria ©
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. On the 25th (Tue), relax in the rural setting at Avila Valley Barn, browse the different shops at Pismo Beach Premium Outlets, and then identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Grove.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, read our Santa Maria road trip planning tool .

Drive from Los Angeles to Santa Maria in 3 hours. In September, Santa Maria is little chillier than Los Angeles - with highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Pismo Beach, Avila Valley Barn
Highlights from your plan
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Pismo Beach Premium Outlets ©
Pismo Beach Premium Outlets
Avila Valley Barn ©
Avila Valley Barn

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 27th (Thu), view the masterpieces at Coast Gallery Big Sur, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach, learn about winemaking at Holman Ranch, then do a tasting at Talbott Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Cowgirl Winery.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Big Sur travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Maria to Big Sur takes 3 hours. Traveling from Santa Maria in September, you will find days in Big Sur are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Big Sur

Wineries Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Carmel Valley
Highlights from your plan
Holman Ranch ©
Holman Ranch
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Cowgirl Winery ©
Cowgirl Winery

2
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): don't miss a visit to S.S. Palo Alto Concrete Ship, get some fabulous bargains at Gilroy Premium Outlets, and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Santa Cruz online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Santa Cruz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Big Sur in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Cruz: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 15°C at night. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Beaches Wildlife

Side Trips

Monterey, Carmel River State Beach, Gilroy Premium Outlets, Shark Fin Cove, S.S. Palo Alto Concrete Ship
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Shark Fin Cove ©
Shark Fin Cove

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Union Square and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Step out of San Francisco to go to Moss Beach and see Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll through China Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, don't miss a visit to Nob Hill, and kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary site .

Drive from Santa Cruz to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. On the 3rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Union Square ©
Union Square

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