17 days in Los Angeles, Las Vegas & San Diego Itinerary

17 days in Los Angeles, Las Vegas & San Diego Itinerary

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17 days in Los Angeles, Las Vegas & San Diego Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Las Vegas
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Auckland

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Six Flags Magic Mountain (in Santa Clarita) and Downtown Disney (in Anaheim). There's still lots to do: have fun at California Science Center, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, and get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip tool .

Auckland, New Zealand to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 20 hours traveling from Auckland to Los Angeles. Traveling from Auckland in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trips

Santa Monica State Beach, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Downtown Disney
Highlights from your plan
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
California Science Center ©
California Science Center

5
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.
Explore Las Vegas' surroundings by going to Boulder City (Tom Devlin's Monster Museum & Hoover Dam) and Valley of Fire State Park (in Overton). And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, enjoy some diversion at Battlefield Vegas, get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, and take in panoramic vistas at High Roller.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas tour itinerary planning site .

Fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, expect Las Vegas to be slightly colder, temps between 16°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Boulder City, Valley of Fire State Park
Highlights from your plan
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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.
San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SeaWorld San Diego.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego journey app .

You can fly from Las Vegas to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in January, things will get somewhat warmer in San Diego: highs are around 22°C and lows about 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

3
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, & more). Explore Los Angeles further: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, catch some excitement at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For ratings and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles vacation website .

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

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

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