17 days in California, Las Vegas & Zion National Park Itinerary

17 days in California, Las Vegas & Zion National Park Itinerary

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17 days in California, Las Vegas & Zion National Park Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
3
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Berlin

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island has been added to your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Bodega Head and Point Reyes Lighthouse. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Wine Tours & Tastings in Santa Rosa, about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Coit Tower.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco journey planner.

Berlin, Germany to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and subway. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Berlin to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In April in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. You'll set off for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park on the 30th (Tue).

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

Wine Tours & Tastings, Bodega Head, Point Reyes Lighthouse
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Bodega Head ©
Bodega Head
Point Reyes Lighthouse ©
Point Reyes Lighthouse

2
nights
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, trek along Mount Whitney Trail, and then hike along Mt. Whitney.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip planning website .

Getting from San Francisco to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, shuttle, and car; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. When traveling from San Francisco in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Mount Whitney Trail
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Mount Whitney Trail ©
Mount Whitney Trail
Roaring River Falls ©
Roaring River Falls
Mt. Whitney ©
Mt. Whitney

1
night
Las Vegas

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 3rd (Fri), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then don't miss a visit to Chapel of the Flowers, and then examine the collection at Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas day trip website .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 8 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Las Vegas when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in May, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Tours Museums Fun & Games
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Food Tours
Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah ©

2
nights
Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
On the 4th (Sat), take in breathtaking views at Hidden Canyon and then trek along Watchman Trail. On your second day here, stroll through Temple of Sinawava Trail and then hike along Riverside Walk.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Zion National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Las Vegas to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Zion National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in May, you will find days in Zion National Park are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are much colder (5°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Temple of Sinawava Trail ©
Temple of Sinawava Trail
Watchman Trail ©
Watchman Trail

2
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
On the 6th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Titanic, get curious at Bodies The Exhibition, examine the collection at Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas, then enjoy some diversion at Battlefield Vegas, and finally see the interesting displays at The Neon Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip builder tool .

You can drive from Zion National Park to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zion National Park to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Zion National Park in May, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Fun & Games Childrens Museums
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Titanic ©
Titanic
Battlefield Vegas ©
Battlefield Vegas
Madame Tussauds -  Las Vegas ©
Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Outdoor Desert Art Museum of Assemblage Sculpture, tour the pleasant surroundings at Split Rock, and then don't miss a visit to Arch Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Geology Tour Road and then explore the striking landscape of Joshua Tree National Park.

Plan my day in Joshua Tree National Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Las Vegas to Joshua Tree National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In May, daytime highs in Joshua Tree National Park are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Joshua Tree
Highlights from your plan
Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Carpinteria State Beach and Mission San Buenaventura. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Meditation Mount (in Ojai), Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve (in Lancaster) and Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Vindemia Estate Winery, admire the landmark architecture of Bradbury Building, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles tour builder tool .

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to Los Angeles takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in May, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Monica Mountains, Carpinteria State Beach, Vindemia Estate Winery, Mission San Buenaventura, Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve
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Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains

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