23 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

23 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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23 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

San Francisco
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h
Mammoth Lakes
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Francisco

4
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Dedicate the 24th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, explore and take pictures at AT&T Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park.

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If you are flying in from Sweden, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. In July in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

3
days
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.
Spend the 27th (Sat) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass, and stroll through Panorama Trail.

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You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Mammoth Lakes.

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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

2
days
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Mary and then explore the striking landscape at Devils Postpile National Monument. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Mono Lake County Park, take a memorable drive along Tioga Rd, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Convict Lake.

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Take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes in 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Mammoth Lakes are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

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#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Lee Vining
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Devils Postpile National Monument ©
Devils Postpile National Monument
Convict Lake ©
Convict Lake

3
days
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 1st (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Mammoth Lakes to Los Angeles takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Mammoth Lakes in July since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough 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
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

2
days
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 2nd (Fri): go for a walk through 26-Mile Bike Path, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and then admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and then examine the collection at The Getty Villa.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica trip planner .

Santa Monica is just a short distance from Los Angeles. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, you will find days in Santa Monica are little chillier (28°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Monica

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trips

The Getty Villa, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
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Santa Monica Beach ©
Santa Monica Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path

2
days
Santa Barbara

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, admire all the interesting features of State Street, and then meet the residents at Santa Barbara Zoo.

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Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of tram and train. Traveling from Santa Monica in August, Santa Barbara is slightly colder at night with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

3
days
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.
Pack the 7th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, and kick back and relax at Children's Pool.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Santa Barbara in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Diego, with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

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#Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums, #Outdoors
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: push the limits with an extreme tour, enjoy some music at Bellagio Fountains, and then shop like a local with The Strip.

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You can fly from San Diego to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for much hotter days in Las Vegas, with highs around 45°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Carmel.

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Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
day
Carmel

Carmel
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): cruise along 17-Mile Drive, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve.

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You can do a combination of flight and bus from Las Vegas to Carmel in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Las Vegas in August, expect Carmel to be cooler, temps between 24°C and 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Carmel

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Trails

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, 17-Mile Drive
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