23 days in San Francisco, Las Vegas & Los Angeles Itinerary

23 days in San Francisco, Las Vegas & Los Angeles Itinerary

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23 days in San Francisco, Las Vegas & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Las Vegas
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Los Angeles
— 8 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Let the collections at Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien capture your imagination. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Shark Fin Cove (in Davenport), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bodega Head, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, and steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Francisco travel itinerary planner.

Melbourne, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Melbourne to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In December, San Francisco is little chillier than Melbourne - with highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bodega Bay, Half Moon Bay, Muir Woods National Monument, Shark Fin Cove, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

7
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.
Get some cultural insight at The Strip and Titanic. Escape the urban bustle at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and Valley of Fire State Park. Explore Las Vegas' surroundings by going to Spring Mountains Visitor Center (in Mount Charleston), Grapevine Mesa Joshua Trees (in Meadview) and Little Finland (in Mesquite). Spend the 3rd (Fri) exploring the stark beauty of Escape Adventures and Las Vegas Cyclery. There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, and try your luck at Wynn Las Vegas.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip planner .

Fly from San Francisco to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Las Vegas when traveling from San Francisco in December, with lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Little Finland, Valley of Fire State Park, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Spring Mountains Visitor Center, Grapevine Mesa Joshua Trees
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park

8
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.
The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve and Running Horse Ranch. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Carpinteria State Beach (in Carpinteria) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, immerse yourself in nature at Royal Palms State Beach, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and examine the collection at The Hollywood Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles tour itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in January; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 24°C and lows reach 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Carpinteria, Running Horse Ranch, Disneyland Park, Santa Monica State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay

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