24 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

24 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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24 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Glasgow
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Glasgow

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 26th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Getty Center, make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planner .

Glasgow, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Glasgow to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Glasgow in December, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 11°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Fri) before leaving for San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Spend the 2nd (Wed) on a tasty journey with a beer tour and tasting. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco route app .

Do a combination of train and flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and subway; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, hike along Panorama Trail, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): get answers to all your questions at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, then take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, then take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To see photos and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in January, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around -12°C, while days are little chillier, around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to San Diego.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Yosemite Village ©
Yosemite Village

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.
San Diego is known for museums, zoos & aquariums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, stroll through Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Balboa Park, and snap pictures at Coronado Bridge.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Diego tour planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Diego in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in January; daily highs in San Diego reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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 9th (Wed), push the limits with an extreme tour, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and then make a trip to The Strip. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and then listen to music at Bellagio Fountains.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Las Vegas vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from San Diego to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from San Diego in January; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 17°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

3
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Downtown Disney in Anaheim, about 34 minutes away. See some other sides of Los Angeles: explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, don't miss a visit to Hollywood Sign, and pause for some photo ops at Guitar Center.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles holiday planner .

Getting from Las Vegas to Los Angeles by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Las Vegas in January: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 24°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica State Beach, Downtown Disney
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
California Science Center ©
California Science Center

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