11 days in California, Arizona & Nevada Itinerary

11 days in California, Arizona & Nevada Itinerary

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11 days in California, Arizona & Nevada Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Scottsdale
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Paris

2
nights
Los Angeles

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Newport Beach). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, look for gifts at Amoeba Music, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary app .

Paris, France to Los Angeles is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Traveling from Paris in December, you will find days in Los Angeles are warmer (24°C), and nights are a bit warmer (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Amoeba Music ©
Amoeba Music

2
nights
San Diego

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.
On the 11th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Lions, Tigers & Bears and then walk around La Jolla Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, then enjoy the sand and surf at Black's Beach, and then stroll through Children's Pool.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Diego travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December in San Diego, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Scottsdale.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

1
night
Scottsdale

Scottsdale ©
Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at McDowell Sonoran Preserve, then look for all kinds of wild species at Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Liberty Wildlife.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, read Scottsdale online trip planner .

You can fly from San Diego to Scottsdale in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego to Scottsdale, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Diego in December since evenings lows in Scottsdale dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Scottsdale

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Liberty Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Liberty Wildlife ©
Liberty Wildlife

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, and then shop like a local with The Strip. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas online route planner .

Getting from Scottsdale to Las Vegas by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Scottsdale to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Scottsdale in December; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 16°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Bellagio Hotel and Casino ©
Bellagio Hotel and Casino
Lake Mead National Recreation Area ©
Lake Mead National Recreation Area

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Keep things going the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, then shop like a local with Union Square, and finally kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Las Vegas in December, with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Union Square ©
Union Square

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