17 days in California, Flagstaff & Las Vegas Itinerary

17 days in California, Flagstaff & Las Vegas Itinerary

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17 days in California, Flagstaff & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Carmel
— 1 day
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 30 min
6
Flagstaff
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
7
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
End: Las Vegas

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and Castello di Amorosa. Get in touch with nature at Presidio of San Francisco and Marin Headlands. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Modus Operandi Cellars (in St. Helena) and Mumm Napa (in Rutherford). And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through Union Square, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs.

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

If you are flying in from Portugal, the closest major aiports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. In March, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Mumm Napa, Modus Operandi Cellars, Castello di Amorosa, Marin Headlands
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

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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. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmel Mission, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, wander the streets of Ocean Avenue, then take in the exciting artwork at Wyland Gallery Carmel, and finally stop by Kurtz Culinary.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Carmel visit planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In March in Carmel, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Carmel

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Carmel Mission ©
Carmel Mission
San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission ©
Ocean Avenue ©
Ocean Avenue

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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.
On the 18th (Wed), explore the galleries of Casa del Herrero, cruise along State Street Underpass, look for all kinds of wild species at Douglas Family Preserve, then look for gifts at Italian Pottery Outlet, and finally hunt for treasures at Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara visit planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Santa Barbara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market ©
Casa del Herrero ©
Casa del Herrero
Douglas Family Preserve ©
Douglas Family Preserve

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Battleship USS Iowa Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The Broad and Hollywood Walk of Fame are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Rancho Palos Verdes to see Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, don't miss a visit to Universal CityWalk Hollywood, admire the landmark architecture of Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, and look for gifts at LA Farmers' Market.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 14°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel, The Americana at Brand, Santa Monica Pier, Redondo Beach, Old Pasadena
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Battleship USS Iowa Museum ©
Battleship USS Iowa Museum
The Broad ©
The Broad
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): hike along Palm Springs Museum Trail and then hike along Indian Canyons Hiking Trails.

To find out how to plan a trip to Palm Springs, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Los Angeles to Palm Springs by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in March: highs in Palm Springs hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Fountain of Life
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Indian Canyons Hiking Trails ©
Indian Canyons Hiking Trails
Fountain of Life ©
Fountain of Life

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Flagstaff

Flagstaff ©
Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): stroll through Bear Mountain Trail, trek along Fay Canyon Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Soldier Pass.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Flagstaff online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Palm Springs to Flagstaff by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Palm Springs to Flagstaff is 1 hour. In March, Flagstaff is colder than Palm Springs - with highs of 15°C and lows of -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Sedona
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Bear Mountain Trail ©
Bear Mountain Trail
Riordan Mansion State Historic Park ©
Fay Canyon Trail ©
Fay Canyon Trail

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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.
On the 27th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and then have fun at The Little Vegas Chapel. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through The Strip, wander the streets of The LINQ Promenade, and then explore the world behind art at The Neon Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip app.

Drive from Flagstaff to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Flagstaff to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Flagstaff in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 27°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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The Strip ©
The Strip
The LINQ Promenade ©
The LINQ Promenade

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