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: London
Fly + bus:  15​h 30​min
1
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Santa Clarita
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Anaheim
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Oceanside
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
6
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: London

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 8th (Mon): buy something for everyone on your list at Third Street Promenade. On the next day, catch all the local highlights with Starline Tours, immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, and then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Santa Monica trip planner .

London, UK to Santa Monica is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and tram. Traveling from London to Santa Monica, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 21°C in Santa Monica. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Tours Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Starline Tours, Sony Pictures Studio Tour
Highlights from your plan
Sony Pictures Studio Tour ©
Sony Pictures Studio Tour
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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.
You've added Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood, Dolby Theatre, TCL Chinese Theatres, and other attractions to your itinerary. Pack the 12th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip maker website .

Los Angeles is just a stone's throw from Santa Monica. When traveling from Santa Monica in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Santa Clarita.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Nightlife Tours

Side Trip

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
TCL Chinese Theatres ©
TCL Chinese Theatres
Hollywood Walk of Fame ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame

2
nights
Santa Clarita

Santa Clarita ©
Santa Clarita, officially the City of Santa Clarita, is the fourth largest city in Los Angeles County, California, and the 24th largest in the state of California. On your second day here, cool off at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Santa Clarita trip planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to Santa Clarita by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Santa Clarita are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Anaheim.

Things to do in Santa Clarita

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor ©
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

2
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Downtown Disney, Room Escape Games and Knott's Soak City U.S.A.. On the 15th (Mon), cool off at Knott's Soak City U.S.A. and then make an unforgettable trip to Downtown Disney. Here are some ideas for day two: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Anaheim holiday maker .

Drive from Santa Clarita to Anaheim in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. On the 17th (Wed), you'll travel to Oceanside.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Knott's Soak City U.S.A.
Highlights from your plan
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney
Room Escape Games

1
night
Oceanside

Oceanside ©
Oceanside is a coastal city located on California's South Coast. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Carlsbad Premium Outlets. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Oceanside Pier and then revel in the low prices at Carlsbad Premium Outlets.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Oceanside driving holiday planning website .

You can drive from Anaheim to Oceanside in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Anaheim in July, plan for slightly colder days in Oceanside, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Thu) before leaving for San Diego.

Things to do in Oceanside

Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Carlsbad Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
Carlsbad Premium Outlets ©
Carlsbad Premium Outlets
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mission Beach Park, La Jolla Cove and Hornblower Cruises & Events. On the 18th (Thu), kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove and then see majestic marine mammals with Hornblower Cruises & Events. Keep things going the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego.

To find ratings and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Oceanside to San Diego in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in San Diego are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

2
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. You've now added Palm Springs Celebrity Tours to your itinerary.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Palm Springs trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Palm Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Diego in July, you will find days in Palm Springs are much hotter (49°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (32°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Palm Springs Celebrity Tours ©
Palm Springs Celebrity Tours

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gondola Rides at the Venetian, Las Vegas North Premium Outlets, Fremont Street Experience, and other attractions you added. Go for a jaunt from Las Vegas to Boulder City to see Hoover Dam about 50 minutes away. It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Bellagio Fountains and take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas road trip website .

Drive from Palm Springs to Las Vegas in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Las Vegas sees daily highs of 47°C and lows of 32°C at night. On the 26th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nightlife Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
Fremont Street Experience ©
Fremont Street Experience
Gondola Rides at the Venetian ©
Gondola Rides at the Venetian

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