13 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

13 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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13 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Brussels
train + Fly:  15​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  17​h
End: Brussels

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 25th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and then steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco driving holiday planner .

Brussels, Belgium to San Francisco is an approximately 15-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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 26th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Washburn Point, and then take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View and then stroll around Mariposa Grove.

For photos and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park sightseeing 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. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

1
night
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 28th (Fri): admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr, then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and then don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point and then get great views at Dante's View.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park online trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 6 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be warmer, around 24°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 43°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Stratosphere Tower, make a trip to Fountains of Bellagio, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from High Roller.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Las Vegas journey planner .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Las Vegas, with lows of 29°C. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
High Roller ©
High Roller

2
nights
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Keys View, appreciate the views at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, and then admire the natural beauty at Cholla Cactus Garden.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Joshua Tree National Park day trip app .

You can drive from Las Vegas to Joshua Tree National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August in Joshua Tree National Park, expect temperatures between 45°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Keys View ©
Keys View
Cholla Cactus Garden ©
Cholla Cactus Garden

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park.

Before you visit Los Angeles, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to Los Angeles takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Los Angeles, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then let little ones run wild at Balboa Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Diego trip app .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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