19 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

19 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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19 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h
3
Stanford
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
5
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Zurich

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa, approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, explore and take pictures at Oracle Park, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip website .

Zurich, Switzerland to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to San Francisco is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Zurich in July, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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 17th (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then make a trip to Fountains of Bellagio, and finally take in panoramic vistas at High Roller. On your second day here, take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip website .

You can fly from San Francisco to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 47°C and lows are around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Stanford.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
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Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

1
night
Stanford

Stanford ©
Stanford is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Clara County, California, United States and is the home of Stanford University. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Silicon Valley. On the 19th (Fri), appreciate the views at Silicon Valley, walk around Wunderlich County Park, and then explore the world behind art at Rodin Sculpture Garden.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Stanford sightseeing website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Las Vegas to Stanford. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in July, with highs in Stanford at 29°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Stanford

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Silicon Valley, Wunderlich County Park
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Wunderlich County Park ©
Wunderlich County Park
Rodin Sculpture Garden ©
Rodin Sculpture Garden
Silicon Valley ©
Silicon Valley

3
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 21st (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Stanford to Los Angeles. Traveling from Stanford in July, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 33°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Anaheim
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

2
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): make a trip to Third Street Promenade, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Monica Farmers Market, then get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): get in on the family fun at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Santa Monica trip planner .

Santa Monica is just a short distance from Los Angeles. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Santa Monica, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Theme Parks Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Six Flags Magic Mountain
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Six Flags Magic Mountain ©
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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 27th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's lots more to do: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and examine the collection at USS Midway Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Diego route builder site .

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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