22 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

22 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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22 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  18​h
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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.
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Hollywood Forever Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Getty Center and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. And it doesn't end there: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, get engrossed in the history at Autry Museum of the American West, and explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Los Angeles is minus 18 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Los Angeles at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Norton Simon Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

3
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.
USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego will appeal to museum buffs. Get outdoors at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and San Diego Zoo. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove, explore the activities along Scripps Institute of Oceanography Coastal Reserve, and enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego online route planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December in San Diego, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

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

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Strip and The Neon Museum. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, try your luck at New York New York Casino, and see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Las Vegas tour itinerary site .

You can fly from San Diego to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in December, things will get a bit cooler in Las Vegas: highs are around 16°C and lows about 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Las Vegas

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

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 30th (Sun), admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then learn about winemaking at Dawn's Dream Winery.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Carmel travel route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Las Vegas to Carmel in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. December in Carmel sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Nature Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Dawn's Dream Winery ©
Dawn's Dream Winery

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature Center at Happy Isles and Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Spend the 2nd (Wed) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and look for gifts at Yosemite Museum Gallery.

Start your trip to Yosemite National Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Carmel in December: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 9°C, while lows dip to -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

7
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 Ferry Building Marketplace or Union Square. Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and de Young Museum. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, expect nights in San Francisco to be warmer, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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