20 days in California, Las Vegas & Hawaii Itinerary

20 days in California, Las Vegas & Hawaii Itinerary

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20 days in California, Las Vegas & Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
4
Anaheim
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
5
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Sydney


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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: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, make a trip to Lombard Street, and head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to San Francisco is minus 18 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in San Francisco at 59°F and lows at 45°F. On the 18th (Wed), you'll travel to Las Vegas.

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

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.
When in Las Vegas, make a side trip to see Hoover Dam in Boulder City, approximately 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, enjoy breathtaking views from High Roller, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from San Francisco to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Las Vegas, with lows around 39°F. You will leave for Los Angeles on the 21st (Sat).

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

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.
Pack the 21st (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Los Angeles driving holiday planner .

Getting from Las Vegas to Los Angeles by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in December, things will get a bit warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 69°F and lows about 49°F. You will leave for Anaheim on the 24th (Tue).

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

3
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Disney California Adventure Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Anaheim trip itinerary planning tool .

Anaheim is very close to Los Angeles. In December, daily temperatures in Anaheim can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Huntington Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney
Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center ©

5
nights
Honolulu, Oahu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua) and Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach Park). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of USS Arizona Memorial, explore the different monuments and memorials at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and admire the sheer force of Manoa Falls.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Honolulu trip itinerary site .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Anaheim to Honolulu in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Anaheim in December, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Honolulu: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Nu’uanu Pali, Kailua Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

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