20 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

20 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Newport Beach
— 1 night
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Laguna Beach
— 1 night
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
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Carmel
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Anaheim
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Los Angeles

— 2 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Santa Monica Bay and Manhattan Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Getty Center and Santa Monica Pier. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area.

To see where to stay and tourist information, read our Los Angeles sightseeing tool.

Adelaide, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 21-hour flight. You'll gain 17.5 hours traveling from Adelaide to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Adelaide in December: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 24°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Newport Beach.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Newport Beach

— 1 night
City beaches line the coast from the Balboa Peninsula to the Santa Ana River in Newport Beach.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): kick back and relax at Corona Del Mar State Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at The Wedge.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Newport Beach trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Newport Beach takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Newport Beach can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in Newport Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Laguna Beach

— 1 night
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): choose your vessel at AllWater Charters & Boat Rentals and then enjoy the sand and surf at Crystal Cove.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Laguna Beach online trip planner.

Laguna Beach is just a short distance from Newport Beach. In December in Laguna Beach, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Outdoors · Transportation · Tours · Wildlife

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San Diego

— 3 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 get in some beach time at La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach. When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, approximately Encinitas away. And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, stroll through Mission Beach Park, kick back and relax at Children's Pool, and see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego day trip planner.

Getting from Laguna Beach to San Diego by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trip

Las Vegas

— 2 nights

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 4th (Sat): examine the collection at The Neon Museum and then explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas road trip planning app.

Getting from San Diego to Las Vegas by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Diego in January: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 17°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping

Carmel

— 1 night
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 6th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then stop by The Cheese Shop.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel itinerary website.

You can fly from Las Vegas to Carmel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Carmel are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
We've included these beaches for you: Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve and Fort Funston National Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Golden Gate Bridge and Exploratorium. Change things up with a short trip to San Gregorio State Beach in San Gregorio (about 38 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs, take a stroll through Union Square, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Baker Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. January in San Francisco sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Anaheim

— 3 nights

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
On the 11th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Oak Canyon Nature Center, and then see where the action happens at Honda Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Anaheim attractions app.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Anaheim takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in January: highs in Anaheim hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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.