22 days in Los Angeles, Las Vegas & New York City Itinerary

22 days in Los Angeles, Las Vegas & New York City Itinerary

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22 days in Los Angeles, Las Vegas & New York City Itinerary

Start: San Diego
bus:  2​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 12 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
2
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
plane:  5​h 30​min
3
New York City
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Dublin

12
nights
Los Angeles

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve and Carpinteria State Beach. Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Zuma Beach will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside), Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade & Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign) and Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo). Have a day of magic on the 4th (Wed) at Disneyland Park. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, take a stroll through Old Town Temecula, shop like a local with Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and stop by Canine Creek Dog Wash & Pet Boutique.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles road trip planning app .

San Diego to Los Angeles is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Temecula, Oceanside, Beverly Hills, Malibu
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal 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.
Do your shopping at The Strip and The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian. Take a break from the city and head to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Spring Mountains Visitor Center. Step out of Las Vegas to go to Fort Mohave and see Willow Beach, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Mob Museum, ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas travel route tool .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to New York City.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Spring Mountains Visitor Center, Willow Beach, Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

4
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Take a break from the city and head to Sam's Point Preserve and Black Creek Preserve. Museum-lovers will appreciate 9/11 Memorial and Albert Shahinian Fine Art. Change things up with these side-trips from New York City: Catskill Park (in Sundown) and Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge (in Wallkill). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Times Square, admire all the interesting features of Central Park, browse the eclectic array of goods at Chelsea Market, and take a peaceful walk through Black Rock Forest Consortium.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the New York City online day trip planner .

Drive from Las Vegas to New York City in 41 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Las Vegas to New York City, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, New York City is little chillier than Las Vegas - with highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Black Rock Forest Consortium, Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge, Sam's Point Preserve, Albert Shahinian Fine Art, Catskill Park
Highlights from your plan
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Times Square ©
Times Square
Black Creek Preserve ©
Black Creek Preserve

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