19 days in West Coast & Las Vegas Itinerary

19 days in West Coast & Las Vegas Itinerary

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19 days in West Coast & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Laguna Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Dublin

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to San Gregorio State Beach and Limantour Beach. Relax by the water at Fort Funston National Park and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. There's more to do: examine the collection at Musee Mecanique and engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the San Francisco online road trip planner .

Dublin, Ireland to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Dublin in July since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Limantour Beach, San Gregorio State Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Limantour Beach ©
Limantour Beach
Musee Mecanique ©
Musee Mecanique
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve

2
nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Carpinteria State Beach, then admire the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Museum Of Art, and then admire all the interesting features of State Street.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Santa Barbara takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Carpinteria State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Santa Barbara Museum of Art ©
Santa Barbara Museum of Art

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): examine the collection at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, kick back and relax at Zuma Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Montana Avenue, immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica Beach, and then take a stroll through Rodeo Drive.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica trip itinerary site .

Drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and tram. In July, daytime highs in Santa Monica are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Zuma Beach, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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.
Visit La Brea Tar Pits & Museum and Hollywood Walk of Fame for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications, take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway, and look for gifts at The Original Farmers Market.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles visit planner .

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Santa Monica. Traveling from Santa Monica in July, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

1
night
Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach ©
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): examine the collection at Mission San Juan Capistrano, then take in the waterfront at Oceanside Pier, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Harbor Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Laguna Beach road trip planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Laguna Beach in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of tram and bus. July in Laguna Beach sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Oceanside, Mission San Juan Capistrano
Highlights from your plan
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Oceanside Pier ©
Oceanside Pier

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): visit a coastal fixture at Old Point Loma Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, steep yourself in history at Mormon Battalion Historic Site, and then take a leisurely stroll along Seaport Village.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Diego itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Laguna Beach to San Diego takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in San Diego are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. You'll set off for Las Vegas on the 24th (Tue).

Things to do in San Diego

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial ©
Old Point Loma Lighthouse ©
Old Point Loma Lighthouse
Mormon Battalion Historic Site ©
Mormon Battalion Historic Site

4
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.
Titanic and Pinball Hall of Fame will appeal to museum buffs. Visiting Valley of Fire State Park and Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: shop like a local with The Strip, see the interesting displays at The Neon Museum, try your luck at Paris Las Vegas, and admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas road trip website .

You can fly from San Diego to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 46°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Valley of Fire State Park
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park

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