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:  4​h 45​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Las Vegas
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
San Francisco
— 3 nights
End: San Francisco

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, and then take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get interesting insight from Tours, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and then don't miss a visit to The Strip.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas planner .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are McCarran International Airport and Laughlin Bullhead International Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Las Vegas can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Nature
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 19th (Wed), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, get great views at Mather Point, admire the striking features of Lookout Studio, and don't miss a visit to Grand Canyon Railway Depot.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip app .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Las Vegas in December: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 8°C, while lows dip to -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

few
hours
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
On the 20th (Thu), enjoy some diversion at Battlefield Vegas and then examine the collection at The Mob Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Fun & Games
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Battlefield Vegas ©
Battlefield Vegas
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

few
hours
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 21st (Fri): explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, and then don't miss a visit to Lombard Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, wander the streets of Chinatown, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Las Vegas in December, with lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Wineries

2
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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. On the 21st (Fri), kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then stop by The Cheese Shop.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Carmel trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

17-Mile Drive
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 22nd (Sat), explore the galleries of Hawthorne Gallery and then take in the views from Bixby Bridge.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Big Sur trip itinerary maker site .

Big Sur is just a stone's throw from Carmel. December in Big Sur sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

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.
On the 26th (Wed), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Big Sur to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 6 hours. While traveling from Big Sur, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
On the 27th (Thu), snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park.

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

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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