18 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

18 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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Anaheim
— 1 night
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San Diego
— 6 nights
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Las Vegas
— 1 night
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San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will enjoy Golden Gate Bridge and Exploratorium. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Sonoma Barracks (in Sonoma) and Wine Tours & Tastings (in Napa). And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and get curious at California Academy of Sciences.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planning app.

Venice, Italy to San Francisco is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Venice to San Francisco is minus 9 hours. When traveling from Venice in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 4 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Bring the kids along to Universal Studios Hollywood and Santa Monica State Beach. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay, and have fun and explore at Travel Town.

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Traveling by car from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. In October, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Anaheim

— 1 night

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): make an unforgettable trip to Downtown Disney District and then make an unforgettable trip to Disney California Adventure Park.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Anaheim trip planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to Anaheim by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Anaheim can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks

San Diego

— 6 nights

America's Finest City

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park. Explore San Diego's surroundings by going to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas) and LEGOLAND California (in Carlsbad). The adventure continues: meet the residents at SeaWorld San Diego, admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, and examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego journey planning site.

You can drive from Anaheim to San Diego in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Anaheim in October, plan for slightly colder days in San Diego, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Las Vegas

— 1 night

Sin City

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 17th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Las Vegas driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Las Vegas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. On the 17th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.