14 days in California, Nevada & Utah Itinerary

14 days in California, Nevada & Utah Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Fly
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly to Grand Junction, Drive to Moab
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Moab
— 3 nights
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San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some cultural insight at Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Step off the beaten path and head to Muir Woods National Monument and Exploratorium. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs, and take a stroll through Chinatown.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip builder.

Krakow, Poland to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Krakow to San Francisco. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Krakow in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yosemite, Tunnel View and Mariposa Grove. There's still lots to do: cruise along Tioga Pass, admire the sheer force of Bridalveil Fall, take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome, and stroll through McGurk Meadow.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

San Simeon

— 1 night
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): get answers to all your questions at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop and then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle.

For more things to do and more tourist information, you can read our San Simeon itinerary app.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon in 5.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July; daily highs in San Simeon reach 40°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Wildlife

Las Vegas

— 2 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort, try to win big at Wynn Las Vegas, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. On the next day, shop like a local with The Strip, then don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio, and then take an in-depth tour of Titanic.

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Fly from San Simeon to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 47°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Moab

— 3 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Get in touch with nature at Dead Horse Point State Park and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Delicate Arch. There's more to do: head off-road at local off-road trails and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Arches National Park.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Moab trip maker site.

Do a combination of flight and car from Las Vegas to Moab in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Moab is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in July; daily highs in Moab reach 42°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

Nevada travel guide

4.3
Performances · Fountains · Casinos
The Silver State
The neon streets of Las Vegas represent only one chapter in the story of Nevada, a sparsely populated state offering travelers a chance to discover the country's western frontier. Utterly unlike the more populated parts of the North American continent, Nevada's landscape includes huge deserts where you can easily leave modern civilization behind and enjoy a tranquil vacation. For a taste of untamed Nevada, explore the network of paved and unpaved roads leading to some of the world's most rugged and desolate natural wonders. If trying to make a fortune is high on your itinerary, remember that in the first state to legalize gambling, a slot machine is never too far away. Even gas stations and small motels in the largely deserted rural areas offer some form of gambling to the passing traveler.

Utah travel guide

4.8
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Canyons
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.