16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Las Vegas
1
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
End: Los Angeles

3
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.
Get outdoors at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Willow Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Battlefield Vegas and Bellagio Hotel and Casino. And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with The Strip, enjoy some diversion at Machine Guns Vegas, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas planning app .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are McCarran International Airport and Laughlin Bullhead International Airport. In September, daily temperatures in Las Vegas can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Fun & Games Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Willow Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Battlefield Vegas ©
Battlefield Vegas

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): make a trip to Olmsted Point and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): get your bearings at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Las Vegas to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 9 hours. When traveling from Las Vegas in October, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 22°C, while nights are colder with lows around -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Castello di Amorosa and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Kids will enjoy Bodega Dunes and Exploratorium. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley), Petaluma Seed Bank (in Petaluma) and V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena). There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, shop like a local with Union Square, make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are warmer (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Castello di Amorosa, Petaluma Seed Bank, V. Sattui Winery, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

2
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park as well as Monterey Bay. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay and then trek along Scenic Road Walkway. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October in Carmel, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Monterey Bay
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park ©
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway

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San Simeon

San Simeon ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hearst Castle. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, then look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in October, expect nights in San Simeon to be slightly colder, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Beaches Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): get some fabulous bargains at Camarillo Premium Outlets. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and finally make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planner .

Getting from San Simeon to Los Angeles by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Simeon in October since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Camarillo Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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