17 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

17 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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17 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Joshua Tree National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
6
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— Few hours
Bus:  6​h 45​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  4​h
8
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
9
San Francisco
— 3 nights
End: San Francisco

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.
On the 12th (Fri), examine the collection at The Getty Center and then make a trip to Santa Monica Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then get to know the fascinating history of El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles journey maker app .

Paris, France to Los Angeles is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to Los Angeles is minus 9 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in April, with highs in Los Angeles at 28°C and lows at 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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.
For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. April in San Diego sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery
Spanish Village Art Center ©
Spanish Village Art Center

few
hours
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Skull Rock and then look for all kinds of wild species at Barker Dam Trail.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Joshua Tree National Park trip site .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Joshua Tree National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from San Diego in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Joshua Tree National Park, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Skull Rock ©
Skull Rock

2
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Mob Museum and The Strip. Spend the 19th (Fri) exploring the stark beauty of Escape Adventures and Las Vegas Cyclery. There's more to do: admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Las Vegas vacation maker website .

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Las Vegas in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. In April, daytime highs in Las Vegas are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

2
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 20th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, cruise along Artists Dr, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Death Valley National Park online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Las Vegas in April since evenings lows in Death Valley National Park dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Nature
Highlights from your plan
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

few
hours
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 21st (Sun): stroll through Moro Rock.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park day trip planning tool .

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 7 hours. In April, daytime highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Outdoors Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock

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 22nd (Mon): make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, then stroll through North Dome, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder website .

Take a bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
North Dome ©
North Dome
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Hawthorne Gallery.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Big Sur travel planner.

Explore your travel options from Yosemite National Park to Big Sur with the Route module. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Big Sur, with lows of 10°C. On the 25th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary ©
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and Filbert Steps. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at de Young Museum, identify plant and animal life at Strawberry Hill, kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco travel route planning tool .

Getting from Big Sur to San Francisco by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. April in San Francisco sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
de Young Museum ©
de Young Museum

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