20 days in Las Vegas & California Itinerary

20 days in Las Vegas & California Itinerary

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20 days in Las Vegas & California Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  9​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
8
Anaheim
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Manchester

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): have fun at Battlefield Vegas and then explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Las Vegas road trip planner .

Manchester, UK to Las Vegas is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Las Vegas is minus 8 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Manchester in July: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 47°C and lows are around 32°C. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Battlefield Vegas ©
Battlefield Vegas
Titanic ©
Titanic

2
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake, explore the striking landscape at Lembert Dome, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park day trip site .

You can drive from Las Vegas to Yosemite National Park in 9 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Las Vegas in July: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 33°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Lembert Dome ©
Lembert Dome
Tenaya Lake ©
Tenaya Lake

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Goat Rock Beach. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, take in panoramic vistas at Coit Tower, and see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco road trip planning site .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Goat Rock Beach
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences

1
night
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. On the 6th (Tue), admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then stroll through Dennis the Menace Park.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel online trip builder .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Dennis the Menace Park, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dennis the Menace Park ©
Dennis the Menace Park
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): take in the waterfront at San Simeon Pier, then kick back and relax at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon day trip planning app .

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in August, plan for much hotter days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 40°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
San Simeon Pier ©
San Simeon Pier

1
night
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.
On the 8th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, then immerse yourself in nature at Carpinteria State Beach, and then admire the natural beauty at Lotusland.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from San Simeon in August, plan for little chillier days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Carpinteria State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Ganna Walska Lotusland ©
Ganna Walska Lotusland

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, then get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, read Los Angeles day trip planning app .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Santa Barbara in August, with highs in Los Angeles at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Anaheim.

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
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

3
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, then stroll through Victoria Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Pacific Marine Mammal Center, and finally don't miss a visit to Downtown Disney. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Knott's Berry Farm.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Anaheim holiday planning website .

Anaheim is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. In August, daytime highs in Anaheim are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Laguna Beach, Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, Knott's Berry Farm
Highlights from your plan
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney
Knott's Berry Farm ©
Knott's Berry Farm
Victoria Beach ©
Victoria Beach

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.
Family-friendly places like San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park will thrill your kids. Explore hidden gems such as Petco Park and Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. Pack the 15th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego online trip builder .

You can drive from Anaheim to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Anaheim in August, plan for slightly colder days in San Diego, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo Safari Park ©
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego

1
night
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Titanic, see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas, and then enjoy some diversion at Battlefield Vegas.

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Traveling by flight from San Diego to Las Vegas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 45°C by day to 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Fun & Games Museums
Highlights from your plan
Battlefield Vegas ©
Battlefield Vegas
Madame Tussauds -  Las Vegas ©
Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas
Titanic ©
Titanic

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