17 days in California & Nevada Itinerary

17 days in California & Nevada Itinerary

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17 days in California & Nevada Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Vancouver


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3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Attractions like Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences make great kid-friendly stops. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee Mecanique and USS Pampanito. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco day trip planner .

Vancouver, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In July in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tuolumne Meadows and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Half Dome, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along Lembert Dome, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park road trip website .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 33°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Santa Monica Pier. Kids will enjoy The Getty Center and Universal Studios Hollywood. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disneyland Park, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, catch a movie at California Science Center, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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

3
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.
Let the collections at USS Midway Museum and Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography capture your imagination. Kids will enjoy San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego travel planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: highs in San Diego hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Mob Museum and Pinball Hall of Fame. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of The Strip, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, see the interesting displays at Nostalgia Street Rods, and engage your brain at DISCOVERY Children's Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Las Vegas journey planner .

You can fly from San Diego to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in August, expect nights in Las Vegas to be somewhat warmer, around 29°C, while days are much hotter, around 45°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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