13 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

13 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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13 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  17​h 30​min
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Carmel
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
3
Big Sur
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
4
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Malibu
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
6
Santa Monica
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
7
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Death Valley National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
11
Kernville
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— Few hours
Fly:  5​h
13
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h
End: Milan

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Lombard Street, Sausalito Boardwalk, Golden Gate Bridge, and other attractions. On the 20th (Thu), take a stroll through Union Square, steep yourself in history at Painted Ladies, and then take a stroll through Haight-Ashbury. Here are some ideas for day two: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then go for a walk through Lombard Street, and finally take a stroll through Chinatown.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco day trip site .

Milan, Italy to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Milan to San Francisco. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Milan in August; daily highs in San Francisco reach 26°C and lows reach 17°C. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Sausalito Boardwalk
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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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. To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel tour itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Carmel are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. You'll set off for Big Sur on the 23rd (Sun).

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes McWay Falls. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Big Sur trip builder website .

Big Sur is very close to Carmel. August in Big Sur sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Big Sur

Nature Parks
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McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

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Santa Barbara

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Santa Barbara Harbor as well as State Street Underpass. On the 23rd (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of State Street Underpass and then take in the waterfront at Santa Barbara Harbor.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Santa Barbara trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Santa Barbara takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Traveling from Big Sur in August, expect nights in Santa Barbara to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Scenic Drive Neighborhoods
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Santa Barbara Harbor ©
Santa Barbara Harbor

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Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Malibu Pier. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take in the waterfront at Malibu Pier.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Malibu vacation tool .

Getting from Santa Barbara to Malibu by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Santa Monica.
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Malibu Pier ©
Malibu Pier

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica State Beach and Third Street Promenade. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and then admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Santa Monica road trip app .

You can drive from Malibu to Santa Monica in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Santa Monica, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors Nature Beaches
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood Sign and Rodeo Drive. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Rodeo Drive.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles route builder website .

Los Angeles is very close to Santa Monica. Traveling from Santa Monica in August, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. On the 25th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rodeo Drive
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Rodeo Drive ©
Rodeo Drive
Hollywood Walk of Fame ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Sign ©
Hollywood Sign

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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've added La Jolla Cove, Old Town San Diego, Balboa Park, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 25th (Tue), take a leisurely stroll along Embarcadero and then shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter. On the next day, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, then don't miss a visit to Old Town San Diego, and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: highs in San Diego hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Calico Ghost Town
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Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Strip as well as Fremont Street Experience. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from San Diego to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from San Diego in August: highs in Las Vegas hover around 45°C, while lows dip to 29°C. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Fremont Street Experience ©
Fremont Street Experience
The Strip ©
The Strip

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Furnace Creek Visitor Center, Badwater Basin, Devil's Golf Course, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and finally get answers to all your questions at Furnace Creek Visitor Center.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in August, Death Valley National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kernville.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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Kernville

Kernville
Kernville is a census-designated place (CDP) in the southern Sierra Nevada, in Kern County, California, United States. To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kernville trip planner .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Kernville in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Kernville: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 28°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sun) before leaving for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Kernville

Tours Parks Outdoors
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Giant Forest. On the 30th (Sun), delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip simple and quick.

Explore your travel options from Kernville to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park with the Route module. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park when traveling from Kernville in August, with lows around 20°C. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks
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Giant Forest
Giant Forest

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San Francisco

San Francisco
To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner.

You can fly from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Francisco in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, plan for colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Wineries
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