21 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

21 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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21 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  26​h
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Perth

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. You'll explore and learn at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, examine the collection at Timken Museum of Art, and tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary builder tool .

Perth, Australia to San Diego is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Perth to San Diego, you'll gain 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

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

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 31st (Fri): examine the collection at The Mob Museum, then shop like a local with The Strip, and then make a trip to Bellagio Fountains. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at The Neon Museum, try to win big at The Mirage, and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas online attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Las Vegas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from San Diego, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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'll get in some beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Las Vegas in June, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Beaches Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

4
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.
Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Spend the 6th (Thu) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, explore the striking landscape at North Dome, make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and hike along Panorama Trail.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, expect little chillier with lows of 7°C in Yosemite National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, shop like a local with Carmel Art Association, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Monterey travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Monterey by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Beaches Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Carmel, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel Art Association ©
Carmel Art Association

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
For shopping fun, head to Union Square or City Lights Booksellers. Museum-lovers will get to explore Exploratorium and de Young Museum. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum, and brush up on your military savvy at USS Pampanito.

Before you visit San Francisco, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. June in San Francisco sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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