21 days in Los Angeles, Santa Monica & Las Vegas Itinerary

21 days in Los Angeles, Santa Monica & Las Vegas Itinerary

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21 days in Los Angeles, Santa Monica & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Santa Monica
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Las Vegas
— 9 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Los Angeles

7
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.
Head to LA Farmers' Market and The Grovefor some retail therapy. You'll get in some beach time at Crystal Cove and Seal Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological (in Murrieta), Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum (in Yorba Linda) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Newport Beach). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Nethercutt Collection, kick back and relax at Salt Creek Beach, learn about all things military at Battleship USS Iowa BB-61, and explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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If you are flying in from United Kingdom, 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, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Salt Creek Beach, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological, Seal Beach, South Coast Plaza
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove

4
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.
Relax by the water at Santa Monica State Beach and El Matador State Beach. Santa Monica Pier and Greystone Mansion and Park will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Monica: Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel (in Rancho Palos Verdes) and Zuma Beach (in Malibu). Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at 26-Mile Bike Path, listen to music at Third Street Promenade, shop like a local with Montana Avenue, and stop by Bergamot Station.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Santa Monica trip itinerary builder site .

Santa Monica is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Santa Monica, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Malibu, Greystone Mansion and Park, Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
El Matador State Beach ©
El Matador State Beach
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach

9
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.
For shopping fun, head to The Strip or Jojo's Jerky. Escape the urban bustle at Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Wolf Creek Golf Club. Explore Las Vegas' surroundings by going to Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection (in Laughlin), Willow Beach (in Fort Mohave) and Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (in Amargosa Valley). There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, examine the collection at Counts Kustoms, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Charleston, and make a trip to Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Las Vegas itinerary website .

Drive from Santa Monica to Las Vegas in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Santa Monica in June: highs in Las Vegas hover around 46°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Wolf Creek Golf Club, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Willow Beach, Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection, Lake Mead National Recreation Area
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The Strip ©
The Strip
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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