12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Las Vegas
Fly:  4​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
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.
You've added The Castro, Stanford University, Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, and other attractions to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, get curious at Exploratorium, and stroll through Golden Gate Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco visit website .

Las Vegas to San Francisco is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. Traveling from Las Vegas in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 46°F. On the 21st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Stanford University
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Park ©
Golden Gate Park

2
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, then take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, then admire all the interesting features of Generals Hwy, and finally steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at General Grant Tree Trail, and then explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Francisco in January since evenings lows in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Grizzly Falls ©
Grizzly Falls
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock

3
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, about 30 minutes away. Pack the 26th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles visit planner .

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Los Angeles by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, shuttle, bus, and flight. In January, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park - with highs of 70°F and lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, then take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, then contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, and finally don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Golden Canyon, then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, then get great views at Dante's View, and finally don't miss a visit to Ashford Mill Ruins.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, expect Death Valley National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 58°F and 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

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