19 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

19 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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19 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  12​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
2
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Zurich

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Union Square as well as Point Reyes Safaris. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco day trip tool .

Zurich, Switzerland to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, flight, and subway. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Zurich to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Point Reyes Safaris
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Point Reyes Safaris ©
Point Reyes Safaris

2
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach and then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with Montana Avenue.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Santa Monica tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Santa Monica in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Santa Monica, with lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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.
Fashion Valley Shopping Center has been added to your itinerary. Visiting La Jolla Cove and Point Loma will get you outdoors. There's more to do: shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our San Diego visit planner.

You can drive from Santa Monica to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Shopping Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter
Point Loma ©
Point Loma

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.
Head to Melrose Trading Post and Abbot Kinney Boulevardfor some retail therapy. There's more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame and look for gifts at The Original Farmers Market.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles road trip tool .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. While traveling from San Diego, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Sun) before leaving for Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Neighborhoods Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Melrose Trading Post ©
Melrose Trading Post
Hollywood Walk of Fame ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame

3
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.
Royalty Exotic Cars: Dean Martin Showroom has been added to your itinerary. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip planner .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in August, with highs in Las Vegas at 45°C and lows at 29°C. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Royalty Exotic Cars ©
Royalty Exotic Cars

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): hike along Panorama Trail and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): make a trip to Olmsted Point and then take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Las Vegas to Yosemite National Park in 9 hours. Traveling from Las Vegas in August, things will get cooler in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 32°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): admire all the interesting features of AT&T Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park, and then wander the streets of Haight-Ashbury.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco vacation planner.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Park ©
Golden Gate Park
Haight-Ashbury ©
Haight-Ashbury
Oracle Park ©
Oracle Park

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