29 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

29 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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29 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
car:  6​h 30​min
3
Napa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Santa Maria
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Las Vegas
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Los Angeles
— Few hours
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Sydney


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5
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 18th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Head underground at Bronson Caves.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles day trip website .

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. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in September; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 34°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

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

4
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, make a trip to Olmsted Point, stroll through Panorama Trail, and walk around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 27°C, while nights are colder with lows around 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Napa.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

1
night
Napa

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Napa day trip planner .

Do a combination of car, flight, subway, and bus from Yosemite National Park to Napa in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, expect Napa to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Napa

Tours
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Dedicate the 30th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, stroll around Golden Gate Park, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco day trip planning website .

Getting from Napa to San Francisco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Napa in September: highs in San Francisco hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Santa Maria.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

2
nights
Santa Maria

Santa Maria ©
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): browse the collection at Santa Maria Library, then do a tasting at Presqu'ile Winery, then learn about winemaking at Foxen Vineyard & Winery, and finally hike along Foxen Canyon Wine Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): have fun and explore at Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum, do a tasting at Kenneth Volk Vineyards, then do a tasting at Rancho Sisquoc Winery, and finally trek along Los Flores Ranch Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Maria online route builder .

Drive from San Francisco to Santa Maria in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In October, daytime highs in Santa Maria are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Wineries Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Rancho Sisquoc Winery ©
Rancho Sisquoc Winery
Foxen Vineyard & Winery ©
Foxen Vineyard & Winery
Kenneth Volk Vineyards ©
Kenneth Volk Vineyards

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Boulder City (Winged Figures of the Republic Statues & Hoover Dam). The adventure continues: admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, and try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas travel itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Santa Maria to Las Vegas. Traveling from Santa Maria in October, Las Vegas is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Tours Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Boulder City
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

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.
Spend the 11th (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's lots more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, enjoy some diversion at Balboa Park, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the San Diego trip planner .

Getting from Las Vegas to San Diego by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

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

few
hours
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art and then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles driving holiday planner .

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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