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: Manchester
Fly + Bus:  13 h 30 min
1
Santa Monica
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  3 h
5
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  13 h 45 min
End: Manchester

4
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.
Visit El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Hollywood Forever Cemetery for their historical value. You'll get in some beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Hermosa Beach Pier. There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Will Rogers State Beach, see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications, stroll the grounds of Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Cemetery, and get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Santa Monica day trip planner

Manchester, UK to Santa Monica is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in April: high temperatures in Santa Monica hover around 24°C and lows are around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at USS Midway Museum and Mormon Battalion Historic Site. Get some historical perspective at Old Point Loma Lighthouse and Presidio Park. There's lots more to do: stroll through La Jolla Cove, contemplate the long history of Marston House Museum, appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, and trek along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

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Drive from Santa Monica to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in San Diego, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve and Montara State Beach for some beach relaxation. Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Miramar Beach in Half Moon Bay--about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, stroll through Ocean Beach, and get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip builder

Traveling by flight from San Diego to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from San Diego in May, plan for slightly colder nights in San Francisco, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Miramar Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row, and then take a leisurely stroll along Old Fisherman's Wharf.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Carmel road trip website

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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.
Get some cultural insight at The Strip and The Neon Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Valley of Fire State Park (in Overton) and Hoover Dam (in Boulder City). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, listen to music at Bellagio Fountains, and admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Las Vegas trip itinerary planner

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Carmel to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Carmel, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Hoover Dam, Valley of Fire State Park, Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
The Neon Museum ©
The Neon Museum

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