12 days in California, Arizona & Nevada Itinerary

12 days in California, Arizona & Nevada Itinerary

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12 days in California, Arizona & Nevada Itinerary

Start: Lugano
train + Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
3
Page
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Sedona
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Lugano

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, get curious at Exploratorium, make a trip to Lombard Street, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco road trip tool .

Lugano, Switzerland to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Lugano to San Francisco, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Lugano in October, with highs in San Francisco at 26°C and lows at 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Park ©
Golden Gate Park

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): get great views at Tunnel View, snap pictures at Pohono Bridge, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, then explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, and then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in October, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around -2°C, while days are little chillier, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Page.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tunnel View ©
Tunnel View

1
day
Page

Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Page trip planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Page by combination of bus and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, you will find days in Page are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are much hotter (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Page

Tours Outdoors
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Photography Tours

2
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
On the 13th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Renee Taylor Gallery, then take a memorable drive along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), and then explore the striking landscape at Bell Rock.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sedona online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Page to Sedona by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. October in Sedona sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179) ©
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179)
Bell Rock ©
Bell Rock

1
night
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 15th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then don't miss a visit to Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign, and then admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: try to win big at Wynn Las Vegas, then take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, and then shop like a local with The Strip.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip website .

Getting from Sedona to Las Vegas by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign ©

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