20 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

20 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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20 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Milan

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco day trip planning app .

Milan, Italy to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Milan to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Milan in October: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium and then don't miss a visit to Cannery Row. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Point Lobos, then take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, and then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey holiday planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October in Monterey, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Point Lobos, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along Panorama Trail, don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, and explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Monterey in October, plan for colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

2
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.
When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disneyland Park in Anaheim, approximately 30 minutes away. Pack the 24th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles itinerary builder app .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, expect nights in Los Angeles to be much hotter, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

3
nights
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 26th (Fri): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, then make a trip to Moreton Bay Fig Tree, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Santa Barbara visit planning tool .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, expect Santa Barbara to be slightly colder, temps between 29°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Stearns Wharf ©
Stearns Wharf

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.
On the 29th (Mon), explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, and then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas travel site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Santa Barbara to Las Vegas takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Santa Barbara in October since evenings lows in Las Vegas dip to 18°C. On the 31st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

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