31 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

31 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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31 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
train:  30​min
2
Anaheim
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Carlsbad
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
West Hollywood
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
7
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
9
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
10
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): browse the different shops at The Grove, then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory. On the next day, appreciate the history behind Guitar Center, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles road trip tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Melbourne to Los Angeles. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Melbourne in February: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 25°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

4
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Attractions like Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park make great kid-friendly stops. Shop till you drop at The Disney Gallery and VillageFest. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Downtown Disney, shop like a local with South Coast Plaza, get your game on at The VOID, and look for gifts at The Lego Store.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Anaheim trip itinerary app .

Anaheim is very close to Los Angeles. In February in Anaheim, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Fri) before leaving for San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

South Coast Plaza, VillageFest
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney

5
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.
Shop till you drop at Gaslamp Quarter and Liberty Public Market. Kids will appreciate attractions like San Diego Zoo and La Jolla Cove. When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine, approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Balboa Park, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planner .

Getting from Anaheim to San Diego by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Carlsbad.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego

2
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Stretching along 11 km (7 mi) of Pacific coastline, the city of Carlsbad attracts visitors with its Mediterranean climate and natural beauty.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): find something for the whole family at LEGOLAND California and then wander the streets of Carlsbad Village. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Art Beat on Main Street, revel in the low prices at Carlsbad Premium Outlets, and then kick back and relax at South Carlsbad State Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Carlsbad trip planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Carlsbad in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Diego in March since evenings lows in Carlsbad dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to West Hollywood.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Theme Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Art Beat on Main Street
Highlights from your plan
Carlsbad Premium Outlets ©
Carlsbad Premium Outlets
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach
Art Beat on Main Street ©
Art Beat on Main Street

2
nights
West Hollywood

West Hollywood ©
West Hollywood, occasionally referred to locally as WeHo, is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. On the 7th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, take a stroll through Rodeo Drive, then take a stroll through Robertson Boulevard, and finally look for gifts at Fred Segal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, then get a taste of the local shopping with Revolver Gallery, and then get in on the family fun at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the West Hollywood day trip website .

Getting from Carlsbad to West Hollywood by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in West Hollywood when traveling from Carlsbad in March, with lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in West Hollywood

Shopping Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Beverly Hills, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Fred Segal ©
Fred Segal
Two Rodeo Drive ©
Two Rodeo Drive
Six Flags Magic Mountain ©
Six Flags Magic Mountain

2
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium. On the next day, admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive, look for gifts at AiX, then pick up some local products at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, then view the masterpieces at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, and finally view the masterpieces at Carmel Art Association.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Santa Cruz online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from West Hollywood to Santa Cruz in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from West Hollywood in March, expect little chillier with lows of 8°C in Santa Cruz. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Carmel, Monterey, Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, AiX
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

2
nights
San Jose

San Jose
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Discovery Museum, examine the collection at The Tech Interactive, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, then get engrossed in the history at Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with Santana Row, and finally meet the residents at Happy Hollow Park and Zoo.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose trip planning app .

Getting from Santa Cruz to San Jose by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. March in San Jose sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Childrens Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Children's Discovery Museum
Children's Discovery Museum
Happy Hollow Park and Zoo ©
Happy Hollow Park and Zoo
Santana Row ©
Santana Row

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Bring the kids along to Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences. For shopping fun, head to Ferry Building Marketplace or Union Square. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Sonoma (Sonoma Barracks & Lisa Kristine Gallery Sonoma) and Wine Tours & Tastings (in Napa). And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, walk around Crissy Field, enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, and see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from San Jose to San Francisco by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. In March in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Sonoma, Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum and then explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the different shops at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, then take a stroll through The Strip, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and finally admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Las Vegas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in March, you will find days in Las Vegas are a bit warmer (27°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian ©

3
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, and then explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get curious at California Science Center, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then look for gifts at Amoeba Music, and finally see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles road trip planner .

You can fly from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
California Science Center ©
California Science Center
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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