12 days in California & Nevada Itinerary

12 days in California & Nevada Itinerary

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12 days in California & Nevada Itinerary

Brisbane
Fly + subway:  18​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Carmel
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 30​min
Brisbane

2
days
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 26th (Mon), stop by City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: shop like a local with Union Square, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace, and finally take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip generator.

Brisbane, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and subway. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to San Francisco is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Brisbane in March, things will get slightly colder in San Francisco: highs are around 20°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island

2
days
Yosemite National Park

Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point and then hike along May Lake Trailhead. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and finally hike along Wawona Meadow.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in March, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around -5°C, while days are little chillier, around 14°C. On the 30th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Nature Center at Happy Isles
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall

1
day
Carmel

Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): look for gifts at The Cheese Shop and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos State Reserve.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Carmel trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in March: highs in Carmel hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Carmel

Trails Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve
The Cheese Shop

2
days
Las Vegas

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Grand Canal Shoppes, then look for gifts at Barneys New York, and finally ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Las Vegas vacation builder.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Carmel to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Carmel, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Strip
The Grand Canal Shoppes

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and then shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Diego itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Diego takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in April, you will find days in San Diego are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Trails Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Gaslamp Quarter

1
day
Los Angeles

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, look for gifts at Bergamot Station, and then identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles tour planner.

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Bergamot Station
Santa Monica Pier
Hollywood Walk of Fame

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