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
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): identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and then shop like a local with The Strip. On your second day here, explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then wander the streets of Las Vegas Downtown, and then admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas road trip app .

Manchester, UK to Las Vegas is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Manchester to Las Vegas, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in September, with highs in Las Vegas at 39°C and lows at 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trips

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Las Vegas Downtown ©
Las Vegas Downtown

5
nights
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 Third Street Promenade. Step out of the city life by going to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Mountains. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Oceanside), Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo) and Mission San Juan Capistrano (in San Juan Capistrano). There's lots more to do: take a peaceful walk through Tehachapi Mountain Park, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Las Vegas in September, things will get a bit cooler in Los Angeles: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Tehachapi Mountain Park, Camarillo Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Camarillo Premium Outlets ©
Camarillo Premium Outlets
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. To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Santa Maria trip planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Maria takes 3 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, things will get a bit cooler in Santa Maria: highs are around 30°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Pismo Beach, Avila Beach
Highlights from your plan
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Speed Boats Tours
Alapay Cellars ©
Alapay Cellars

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), enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally trek along Partington Cove.

Plan a Big Sur trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Drive from Santa Maria to Big Sur in 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). On the 28th (Fri), you'll travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

2
nights
Santa Cruz

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): admire the majestic nature at Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point and then tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz route builder app .

You can drive from Big Sur to Santa Cruz in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Big Sur in September: highs in Santa Cruz hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

Lovers Point, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Big Basin Redwoods State Park ©
Big Basin Redwoods State Park

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Squarefor plenty of shopping. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bodega Dunes and Castello di Amorosa. Venture out of the city with trips to Goat Rock Beach (in Jenner) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). There's more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip website .

You can 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, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 3rd (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Bodega Dunes, Goat Rock Beach, Castello di Amorosa, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

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