27 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

27 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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27 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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
shuttle + 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, then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, and then get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Bay, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, don't miss a visit to Hollywood Sign, then engage your brain at Samuel Oschin Air & Space Center, and finally get curious at California Science Center.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles day trip planning app .

Toronto, Canada to Los Angeles is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Toronto to Los Angeles, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in December, expect Los Angeles to be warmer, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica State Beach
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas), LEGOLAND California (in Carlsbad) and Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine). There's still lots to do: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, stroll around Balboa Park, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SeaWorld San Diego.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in December, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Wine Tours & Tastings, Coronado Public Library, Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, California Wolf Center, Lions, Tigers & Bears
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), see human ingenuity at work at Hoover Dam, explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and finally shop like a local with The Strip. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Mob Museum, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, don't miss a visit to Stratosphere Tower, then examine the collection at The Neon Museum, then enjoy breathtaking views from High Roller, and finally get a new perspective on things with Gondola Rides at the Venetian.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Las Vegas trip site .

Getting from San Diego to Las Vegas by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder 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
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, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, get curious at Exploratorium, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco vacation builder .

Fly from Las Vegas to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Las Vegas in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Morro Bay.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Neighborhoods Museums
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): kick back and relax at Morro Strand State Beach, hike along Black Hill Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Morro Bay National Estuary, then examine the collection at Morro Bay State Park, then get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Natural History, and finally see the interesting displays at Morro Bay Skateboard Museum. Keep things going the next day: 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, look for all kinds of wild species at Piedras Blancas, then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and finally identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Grove.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Morro Bay online vacation planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Morro Bay by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect nights in Morro Bay to be about the same, around 6°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): discover the magic at Downtown Disney, then make an unforgettable trip to Disney California Adventure Park, then put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage 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, admire the masterpieces at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then enjoy some diversion at California Science Center, and finally take an in-depth tour of Autry Museum of the American West.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Morro Bay to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Morro Bay in December, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time for 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
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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.
On the 3rd (Fri), hike along Trillium Falls Hike, hike along Lady Bird Johnson Grove, then delve into the lush surroundings at Tall Trees Grove, and finally explore the striking landscape of Redwood National Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Freshwater Lagoon, kick back and relax at Enderts Beach, hike along California Coastal Trail, then stroll through Gold Bluffs Beach, then explore the stunning scenery at Fern Canyon, and finally don't miss a visit to Big Tree.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Redwood National Park road trip planning tool .

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. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Orick, Fern Canyon, Klamath National Forest
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
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Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Enderts Beach ©
Enderts Beach
Tall Trees Grove ©
Tall Trees Grove

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): tour the pleasant surroundings at Asilomar State Beach, explore and take pictures at 17-Mile Drive, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then see the interesting displays at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, and finally do a tasting at Storrs Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along West Cliff Drive, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Cruz Wharf, find something for the whole family at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, then grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, and finally tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz tour itinerary planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Redwood National Park to Santa Cruz. Traveling from Redwood National Park in January, you will find days in Santa Cruz are somewhat warmer (20°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Canepa Motorsports Museum, Point Lobos
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

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