22 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

22 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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22 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
6
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Sydney

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.
Kids will enjoy Disneyland Park and Griffith Observatory. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disney California Adventure Park about 38 minutes away. Pack the 20th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and have some family-friendly fun at Virtual Room Los Angeles.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles holiday maker website .

Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Los Angeles is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Sydney in September, things will get a bit warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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.
Family-friendly places like Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and The Roller Coaster will thrill your kids. Take a break from Las Vegas with a short trip to Green Valley Range in Henderson, about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, enjoy some diversion at Battlefield Vegas, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and shop like a local with The Strip.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip maker .

Getting from Los Angeles to Las Vegas by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, you will find days in Las Vegas are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Green Valley Range
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
Battlefield Vegas ©
Battlefield Vegas

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.
Bring the kids along to San Diego Zoo and Cabrillo National Monument. There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at SeaWorld San Diego, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, and take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Diego trip itinerary site .

Getting from Las Vegas to San Diego by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Las Vegas in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, then cruise along Generals Hwy, and then trek along Congress Trail. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock and then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from San Diego in September, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park ©
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Generals Hwy ©
Generals Hwy

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, parks, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, stroll through Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, explore the activities along Tenaya Lake, and take in the dramatic scenery at Chilnualna Falls.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip maker website .

Traveling by bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 7 hours. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 22°C, while nights are much colder with lows around -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

1
day
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): stroll through Mt. Tallac Trail, then enjoy the sand and surf at Baldwin Beach, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe online day trip planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe by bus takes about 6.5 hours. In October in South Lake Tahoe, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Emerald Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Bring the kids along to Exploratorium and Japanese Tea Garden. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, and make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco route website .

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. When traveling from South Lake Tahoe in October, plan for a bit warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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