27 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

27 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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Start: Toronto
Fly:  8 h 45 min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
3
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  9 h 45 min
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Morro Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
6
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  5 h 15 min
7
Redwood National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5 h 15 min
8
Santa Cruz
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: Toronto

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, and then discover the magic at Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Santa Monica State Beach, kick back and relax at Santa Monica Bay, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, don't miss a visit to Hollywood Sign, thenget curious at Samuel Oschin Air & Space Center, and finally watch a film at California Science Center.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles attractions planner.

Toronto, Canada to Los Angeles is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Toronto to Los Angeles, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Toronto in December; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 24°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine), LEGOLAND California (in Carlsbad) and Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas). There's still lots to do: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, observe the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego, and let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Diego route planning site.

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. December in San Diego sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Wine Tours & Tastings, Coronado Public Library, Lions, Tigers & Bears, LEGOLAND California, Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 21:
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Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

3
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 22nd (Sun), admire the engineering at Hoover Dam, explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, thenponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and finally shop like a local with The Strip. On the next day, see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take in panoramic vistas at Stratosphere Tower, see the interesting displays at The Neon Museum, thentake in panoramic vistas at High Roller, and finally take a tour by water with Gondola Rides at the Venetian.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Las Vegas trip planner.

You can fly from San Diego to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Diego in December; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 16°C and lows reach 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Hoover Dam, Valley of Fire State Park
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:
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Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area ©
The Strip ©
The Strip

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, wander the streets of Union Square, and examine the collection at Exploratorium.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner.

You can fly from Las Vegas to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in December, San Francisco is a bit warmer at night with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Morro Bay.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Breweries & Distilleries Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 28:
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

2
nights
Morro Bay

Morro Bay ©
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. On the 29th (Sun), stroll through Morro Strand State Beach, stroll through Black Hill Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Morro Bay National Estuary, see the interesting displays at Morro Bay State Park, thenlearn more about the world around you at Museum of Natural History, and finally examine the collection at Morro Bay Skateboard Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, thenkick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, thenindulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Monarch Butterfly Grove.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Morro Bay sightseeing planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Morro Bay in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: highs in Morro Bay hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

San Simeon, Pismo Beach, Wine Tours & Tastings, Moonstone Beach
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Wine Tours & Tastings

3
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): make an unforgettable trip to Downtown Disney, get in on the family fun at Disney California Adventure Park, thenput a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Topanga State Park, explore the world behind art at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, thencatch a movie at California Science Center, and finally get engrossed in the history at Autry Museum of the American West.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip builder.

Traveling by car from Morro Bay to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Morro Bay in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 11°C. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

3
nights
Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): hike along Trillium Falls Hike, thenstroll through Lady Bird Johnson Grove, thendelve into the lush surroundings at Tall Trees Grove, and finally explore the striking landscape of Redwood National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Freshwater Lagoon, tour the pleasant surroundings at Enderts Beach, stroll through California Coastal Trail, thenkick back and relax at Gold Bluffs Beach, thenexplore the stunning scenery at Fern Canyon, and finally make a trip to Big Tree.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Redwood National Park trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Los Angeles to Redwood National Park. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, expect Redwood National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 15°C and 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Orick, Klamath National Forest
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Lady Bird Johnson Grove ©
Lady Bird Johnson Grove
California Coastal Trail ©
California Coastal Trail

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, cruise along 17-Mile Drive, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, thenobserve the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, thenexplore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, and finally learn about winemaking at Storrs Winery. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along West Cliff Drive, take in the waterfront at Santa Cruz Wharf, get in on the family fun at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, thenstroll through Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos, and finally play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Santa Cruz trip itinerary maker app.

Explore your travel options from Redwood National Park to Santa Cruz with the Route module. While traveling from Redwood National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Cruz, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 5°C. On the 8th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Point Lobos
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

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