23 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
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Las Vegas
— 4 nights
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Palm Springs
— 1 night
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San Diego
— 1 night
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Carlsbad
— 2 nights
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Laguna Beach
— 2 nights
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Huntington Beach
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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San Francisco — 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for sightseeing, nature, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, get curious at Exploratorium, make a trip to Lombard Street, and walk around Crissy Field.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip maker tool.

Barcelona, Spain to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Traveling from Barcelona in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in San Francisco, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

Yosemite National Park — 4 nights

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, sightseeing, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Half Dome, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and explore the activities along Tenaya Lake.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park visit app.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect colder with lows of 3°C in Yosemite National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Las Vegas.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Las Vegas — 4 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Take a break from Las Vegas with a short trip to Hoover Dam in Boulder City, about 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, try your luck at Casino At The Venetian, explore the striking landscape of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and don't miss a visit to The Strip.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Yosemite National Park to Las Vegas with the Route module. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September: highs in Las Vegas hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Palm Springs.
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Palm Springs — 1 night

On the 1st (Sun), take in breathtaking views at Tahquitz Canyon, don't miss a visit to Frey House II, look for gifts at Wabi Sabi Japan Living, then contemplate the long history of Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Palm Springs trip simple and quick.

You can fly from Las Vegas to Palm Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Palm Springs, ranging from highs of 44°C to lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to San Diego.
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Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks
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San Diego — 1 night

America's Finest City

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.
On the 2nd (Mon), get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo and then stroll around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Diego visit planner.

You can drive from Palm Springs to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Palm Springs, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carlsbad.
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Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Carlsbad — 2 nights

Village by the Sea

Stretching along 11 km (7 mi) of Pacific coastline, the city of Carlsbad attracts visitors with its Mediterranean climate and natural beauty.
On the 3rd (Tue), find something for the whole family at LEGOLAND California and then admire the natural beauty at Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Mission San Luis Rey, indulge your senses at Carlsbad Food Tours, and then trek along Coastal Rail Trail.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Carlsbad trip tool.

Getting from San Diego to Carlsbad by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in October, Carlsbad is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Laguna Beach.
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Laguna Beach — 2 nights

Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. On the 5th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then walk around Brown's Park, and then stroll around Heisler Park. Keep things going the next day: trek along Bommer Canyon Trails, hike along Sea Summit Trail, and then take in the waterfront at San Clemente Pier.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Laguna Beach day trip site.

Getting from Carlsbad to Laguna Beach by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Carlsbad in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Laguna Beach, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Huntington Beach.
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Huntington Beach — 1 night

Huntington Beach is a seaside city in Orange County in Southern California. On the 7th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Huntington Beach Art Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Park, and then stroll around Mile Square Regional Park.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Huntington Beach online itinerary planner.

Getting from Laguna Beach to Huntington Beach by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 3 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Change things up with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim (about 36 minutes away). Pack the 9th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles route site.

Getting from Huntington Beach to Los Angeles by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.
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California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.
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