11 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

11 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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11 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
End: Las Vegas

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Let the collections at SS Jeremiah O'Brien and USS Pampanito capture your imagination. Escape the urban bustle at Twin Peaks and Baker Beach. It doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge and engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner.

If you are flying in from Portugal, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. In July, daytime highs in San Francisco are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
SS Jeremiah O'Brien ©
SS Jeremiah O'Brien
USS Pampanito ©
USS Pampanito

3
nights
Yosemite National Park

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 1st (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, stroll through Panorama Trail, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls. On the next day, examine the collection at Yosemite Museum Gallery, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and then take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park road trip planning site .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time for travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 4th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point and then contemplate the long history of Charcoal Kilns. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin and then steep yourself in history at Geologist's Cabin.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park attractions site .

Do a combination of bus and car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 6 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 43°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Geologist's Cabin ©
Geologist's Cabin
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

2
nights
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 Gunship Helicopters. On the 6th (Tue), get interesting insight from Gunship Helicopters.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Las Vegas when traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Gunship Helicopters

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