19 days in Los Angeles, San Francisco & Las Vegas Itinerary

19 days in Los Angeles, San Francisco & Las Vegas Itinerary

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19 days in Los Angeles, San Francisco & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Wellington
Fly:  9​h 30​min
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
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San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
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Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Wellington

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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.
On the 26th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Bay, stop by The Original Farmers Market, then stop by Hollywood & Highland, and finally look for gifts at Amoeba Music. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Santa Monica Beach.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles travel guide.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wellington, New Zealand to Los Angeles. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -20 hour difference. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Wellington in September: highs in Los Angeles hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 21°C. On the 27th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches Parks Nature

Side Trip

Santa Monica State Beach
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LA Farmers' Market ©
LA Farmers' Market
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Natural Bridges State Beach and Point Reyes National Seashore. Escape the urban bustle at Bodega Head and Artesa Vineyards & Winery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Pride Mountain Vineyards (in St. Helena), Stanford University (in Palo Alto), Sonoma Plaza (in Sonoma), Safari West (in Santa Rosa), Big Basin Redwoods State Park (in Boulder Creek) and Oxbow Public Market (in Napa). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Bistro Boudin and head off the coast to Angel Island State Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco travel guide.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in September: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 27°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Napa, Natural Bridges State Beach, Pride Mountain Vineyards, Safari West, Stanford University
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Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach
Safari West ©
Safari West
Big Basin Redwoods State Park ©
Big Basin Redwoods State Park

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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.
Do your shopping at Forum Shops at Caesars Palace and M&M's World. Step out of the city life by going to Mount Charleston and Exotics Racing. There's much more to do: stop by Coca-Cola Store, hit the bull's-eye at Bullets and Burgers, take a stroll through Las Vegas Downtown, and try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas travel guide.

Getting from San Francisco to Las Vegas by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in October; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 32°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can fly to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Fun & Games Tours Outdoors
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Gun Garage ©
Gun Garage
Bullets and Burgers ©
Bullets and Burgers
Exotics Racing ©
Exotics Racing

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Head to Herzog Wine Cellars and Ventura Harbor Villagefor some retail therapy. Get in touch with nature at Santa Monica Beach and Manhattan Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Oxnard Beach Park (in Oxnard), Santa Monica (Magicopolis & Bergamot Station) and Friends of the Camarillo Library Bookstore (in Camarillo). See even more of Los Angeles: explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay, find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood, look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland, and take a stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles travel guide.

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Oxnard, Manhattan Beach, Ventura Harbor Village, Friends of the Camarillo Library Bookstore
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay

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