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: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
2
Long Beach
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
3
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Watsonville
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
6
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Menlo Park
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
8
San Francisco
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h
End: San Jose

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Zuma Beach, examine the collection at The Getty Villa, and then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary planning tool .

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major airports are Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport, Ontario International Airport and San Bernardino International Airport. In June, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Long Beach.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Malibu, Santa Monica Pier
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

1
night
Long Beach

Long Beach ©
Long Beach has long been overshadowed by its bigger and more famous neighbor known as the City of Angels.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Long Beach travel route builder app .

Long Beach is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. June in Long Beach sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Long Beach

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): wander the streets of The LINQ Promenade, shop like a local with The Strip, and then make a trip to Fountains of Bellagio.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Long Beach to Las Vegas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Long Beach in June, expect nights in Las Vegas to be somewhat warmer, around 29°C, while days are much warmer, around 46°C. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The LINQ Promenade ©
The LINQ Promenade
Counts Kustoms ©
Counts Kustoms

4
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park and Carpinteria State Beach. Get outdoors at Cabrillo Bike Path and Santa Barbara Scenic Drive. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Barbara: Old Mission Santa Ines (in Solvang), Ventura to Ojai Paved Bike Path (in Ventura) and Santa Ynez (Wine Tours & Tastings, Santa Ynez Valley, & more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Reagan Ranch Center, admire the natural beauty at Lotusland, and wander the streets of State Street Underpass.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Las Vegas to Santa Barbara in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in June; daily highs in Santa Barbara reach 26°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Watsonville.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Santa Ynez, Old Mission Santa Ines, Carpinteria State Beach, Ventura to Ojai Paved Bike Path
Highlights from your plan
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Santa Ynez Valley ©
Santa Ynez Valley
Arroyo Burro County Beach Park ©
Arroyo Burro County Beach Park

1
night
Watsonville

Watsonville is a city in Santa Cruz County, California, United States. On the 27th (Thu), don't miss a visit to The Shakespeare Society of America and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Watsonville trip itinerary planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Santa Barbara to Watsonville. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Watsonville

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Moss Landing
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Shakespeare Society of America ©
The Shakespeare Society of America

2
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
On the 27th (Thu), take a memorable drive along West Cliff Drive.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Santa Cruz visit planner.

Santa Cruz is just a short distance from Watsonville. June in Santa Cruz sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Menlo Park.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Seacliff State Beach, New Brighton State Beach
Highlights from your plan
New Brighton State Beach ©
New Brighton State Beach
Seacliff State Beach ©
Seacliff State Beach
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park ©
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

few
hours
Menlo Park

Menlo Park ©
Menlo Park is a city at the eastern edge of San Mateo County, in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, in the United States. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in the architecture and design of Stanford University and then hike along Sawyer Camp Trail.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Menlo Park trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Menlo Park takes an hour. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Santa Cruz in June since evenings lows in Menlo Park dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Menlo Park

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Sawyer Camp Trail, Stanford University
Highlights from your plan
Sawyer Camp Trail ©
Sawyer Camp Trail
Stanford University ©
Stanford University

8
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Bodega Dunes and Bodega Head for some beach relaxation. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Twin Peaks. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Healdsburg (Porter Creek Vineyards, Stephen & Walker Winery, & more), Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and Bodega Bay (St. Teresa of Avila Church & Sonoma Coast Vineyards). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, explore the fascinating landscape at Salt Point State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Goat Rock Beach, and walk around Lincoln Park.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco journey planning website .

Traveling by car from Menlo Park to San Francisco takes an hour. While traveling from Menlo Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Bodega Bay, Jenner, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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