21 days in West Coast & Las Vegas Itinerary

21 days in West Coast & Las Vegas Itinerary

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21 days in West Coast & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  19​h
1
Anaheim
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
7
Pebble Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
9
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

2
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 5th (Tue): shop like a local with South Coast Plaza, then stop by Tom's Farms, and then browse the different shops at The Outlets at Orange. Keep things going the next day: make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Anaheim travel planner.

Sydney, Australia to Anaheim is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Sydney to Anaheim, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in September, with highs in Anaheim at 37°C and lows at 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Tom's Farms, The Outlets at Orange, South Coast Plaza
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Tom's Farms ©
Tom's Farms
South Coast Plaza ©
South Coast Plaza

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Beach. Getty Center The Publications and Griffith Observatory will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to El Matador State Beach in Malibu, about 1h 05 min away. Pack the 9th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits & Museum, browse the different shops at Universal CityWalk, look for gifts at Amoeba Music, and appreciate the history behind Guitar Center.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles tour planner.

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Anaheim. In September, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, El Matador State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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.
On the 12th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, then take an in-depth tour of Titanic, and then shop like a local with The Strip. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, then examine the collection at The Neon Museum, and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in September, with highs in Las Vegas at 40°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Titanic ©
Titanic

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then take a leisurely stroll along Seaport Village. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Shores Park.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Diego travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Diego takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in September, you will find days in San Diego are a bit cooler (31°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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.
For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Santa Barbara itinerary planner.

Drive from San Diego to Santa Barbara in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Diego in September: high temperatures in Santa Barbara hover around 27°C and lows are around 15°C. You will leave for Big Sur on the 16th (Sat).

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Tours

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Andrew Molera State Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, and then kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Big Sur trip generator.

Getting from Santa Barbara to Big Sur by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Santa Barbara in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Big Sur: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Pebble Beach.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Andrew Molera State Park ©
Andrew Molera State Park

2
nights
Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach ©
Pebble Beach is an unincorporated community on the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey County, California. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Manresa State Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seacliff State Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: get some fabulous bargains at American Tin Cannery Outlets, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Pebble Beach vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Pebble Beach takes an hour. September in Pebble Beach sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Pebble Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Aptos
Highlights from your plan
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Seacliff State Beach ©
Seacliff State Beach

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and China Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach), Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga) and San Gregorio State Beach (in San Gregorio). There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, learn about winemaking at V. Sattui, stroll through Point Isabel, and kick back and relax at Rodeo Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Francisco holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Pebble Beach to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. September in San Francisco sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Point Isabel, Castello di Amorosa, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Rodeo Beach, V. Sattui Winery
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake, then don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and then trek along May Lake Trailhead.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park itinerary builder.

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Expect little chillier evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from San Francisco in September, with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
May Lake Trailhead ©
May Lake Trailhead
Tenaya Lake ©
Tenaya Lake
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point

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