19 days in Nevada & California Itinerary

19 days in Nevada & California Itinerary

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19 days in Nevada & California Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Rome


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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at The Mob Museum and then explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Las Vegas day trip app .

Rome, Italy to Las Vegas is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Rome to Las Vegas, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Rome in August, with highs in Las Vegas at 45°C and lows at 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

3
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. Get outdoors at Carmel River State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Monterey Bay and McWay Falls. Spend the 9th (Fri) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos and kick back and relax at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Carmel trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Las Vegas to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Las Vegas in August, things will get much colder in Carmel: highs are around 24°C and lows about 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, then take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then stroll through Moonstone Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station, identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon online route builder .

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in August, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are much warmer, around 40°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

3
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 a sense of the local culture at Manzanar National Historic Site and General Sherman Tree. Explore hidden gems such as Moro Rock and Zumwalt Meadow Trail. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Kings Canyon National Park, stroll through Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, and admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls.

Before you visit Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Simeon in August since evenings lows in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site

2
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tuolumne Meadows and Tunnel View. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bodie State Historic Park and Glacier Point. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, see a world frozen in time at Bodie, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and stroll through Panorama Trail.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park road trip tool .

You can take a bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around 7°C, while days are little chillier, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Bodie
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks for their historical value. Get outdoors at Muir Woods National Monument and Bodega Dunes. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga) and V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena). There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip planning app .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

V. Sattui Winery, Castello di Amorosa, Muir Woods National Monument, Bodega Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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