21 days in California, Las Vegas & Flagstaff Itinerary

21 days in California, Las Vegas & Flagstaff Itinerary

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21 days in California, Las Vegas & Flagstaff Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Flagstaff
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Carmel
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

1
night
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.
To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in August: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 34°C and lows are around 22°C. You'll set off for Las Vegas on the 11th (Sun).

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Tours

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.
When in Las Vegas, make a side trip to see Hoover Dam in Boulder City, approximately 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Bellagio Fountains, explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, examine the collection at The Mob Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip planner .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in August; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 45°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

2
nights
Flagstaff

Flagstaff ©
Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then look for gifts at Cocopah, and then take a memorable drive along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179). On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Bell Rock and then explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Flagstaff trip planning website .

You can drive from Las Vegas to Flagstaff in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. In August, Flagstaff is much colder than Las Vegas - with highs of 29°C and lows of 11°C. On the 16th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sedona, Bearizona Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179) ©
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179)
Bell Rock ©
Bell Rock

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.
On the 17th (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then cruise along Generals Hwy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park holiday site .

You can fly from Flagstaff to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Flagstaff in August; daily highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park reach 41°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Generals Hwy ©
Generals Hwy

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, make a trip to Olmsted Point, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and finally explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park journey builder tool .

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, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (32°C), and nights are much colder (7°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

3
nights
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 (Wed): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, then make a trip to Lombard Street, and finally take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get curious at Exploratorium and then don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Park.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take in the waterfront at Old Fisherman's Wharf. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel tour itinerary app .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. August in Carmel sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carmel

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Monterey, Bixby Bridge, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

4
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disneyland Park about 30 minutes away. Pack the 27th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Explore Los Angeles further: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Carmel to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Carmel in August, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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