16 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

16 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 1 night
Los Angeles
— 1 night
— 2 nights
San Diego
— 4 nights
Borrego Springs
— 1 night
Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
Las Vegas
— 4 nights


San Francisco — 1 night

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, examine the collection at de Young Museum, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and finally play a few rounds at Lincoln Park. On the next day, go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco road trip planner.

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Newark in March, expect San Francisco to be a bit warmer, temps between 65°F and 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Los Angeles.
Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 17:

Los Angeles — 1 night

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 18th (Fri), examine the collection at The Getty Center, then get to know the fascinating history of Ocean Avenue, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and finally admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Los Angeles by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in March, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (74°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Anaheim.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Side Trip
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 18:

Anaheim — 2 nights

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park. Here are some ideas for day two: catch some excitement at World of Color - Celebrate, let little ones run wild at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, and then discover the magic at Disney California Adventure Park.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Anaheim trip planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to Anaheim by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Anaheim can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Diego.
Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 20:

San Diego — 4 nights

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.
Family-friendly places like San Diego Zoo and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve will thrill your kids. Step out of San Diego with an excursion to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas--about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, look and learn at Fleet Science Center, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

To find out how to plan a trip to San Diego, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Anaheim to San Diego in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Anaheim in March, plan for slightly colder days in San Diego, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Borrego Springs.
Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors
Side Trip
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 24:

Borrego Springs — 1 night

Borrego Springs is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Diego County, California. Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): explore the fascinating landscape at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and then get a dose of the wild on California Overland Desert Excursions.

Before you visit Borrego Springs, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from San Diego to Borrego Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in March: highs in Borrego Springs hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Joshua Tree National Park.
Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 25:

Joshua Tree National Park — 2 nights

Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
On the 26th (Sat), cruise along Geology Tour Road, then trek along Cottonwood Spring, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lost Palms Oasis Trail. On the next day, trek along Arch Rock Nature Trail and then trek along Ryan Mountain.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Joshua Tree National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Borrego Springs to Joshua Tree National Park in 2 hours. When traveling from Borrego Springs in March, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Joshua Tree National Park: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Las Vegas.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 27:

Las Vegas — 4 nights

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Bring the kids along to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and The Mob Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Hoover Dam in Boulder City (about 50 minutes away). There's lots more to do: ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, explore the world behind art at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, meet the residents at Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, and get to know the fascinating history of The Strip.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Las Vegas day trip site.

You can fly from Joshua Tree National Park to Las Vegas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in March, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.
Parks · Shopping · Nature · Neighborhoods
Side Trip
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 31:

California travel guide

Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.