18 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

18 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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18 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  9​h
3
Las Vegas
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Take a break from the city and head to El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Getty Center and Santa Monica Pier. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Santa Monica Mountains in Santa Monica, about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online holiday planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and tram. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Melbourne to Los Angeles. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in September; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 34°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

4
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Escape the urban bustle at North Dome and Sentinel Dome. Take a break from Yosemite National Park with a short trip to Bodie State Historic Park in Bridgeport, about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and stroll through Tuolumne Meadows.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 27°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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.
Get in touch with nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Strip and The Mob Museum. Explore Las Vegas' surroundings by going to Hoover Dam (in Boulder City) and Valley of Fire State Park (in Overton). There's much more to do: admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas, and get engrossed in the history at Titanic.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas route planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Las Vegas by car takes about 9 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, you will find days in Las Vegas are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are much hotter (25°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hoover Dam, Valley of Fire State Park, Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): see the interesting displays at The Grammy Museum, stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Monica State Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive Museum

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