25 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

25 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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25 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
3
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Los Angeles
— 10 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Newark

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Golden Gate Bridge, Silicon Valley and Palace of Fine Arts Theatre. Get some historical perspective at Twin Peaks and The Embarcadero. Do some cultural sightseeing at Exploratorium and Fisherman's Wharf. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, stroll through Baker Beach, and steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online trip builder .

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in San Francisco are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Silicon Valley
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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 29th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, then take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, then view the masterpieces at Ansel Adams Gallery, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally explore the striking landscape at El Capitan.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

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.
On the 31st (Fri), explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego travel route app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to San Diego takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May: highs in San Diego hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

10
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.
Six Flags Magic Mountain has been added to your itinerary. The Getty Center and Hammer Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Oak Canyon Nature Center (in Anaheim), Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade, Montana Avenue, & more) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point). Pack the 5th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, view the masterpieces at Annenberg Space for Photography, and explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles road trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Oak Canyon Nature Center, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

4
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.
Appreciate the collections at The Neon Museum and Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum. Get in touch with nature at Willow Beach and Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Spend the 17th (Mon) exploring the stark beauty of Escape Adventures and Las Vegas Cyclery. There's more to do: shop like a local with The Strip and make a trip to Bellagio Fountains.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Los Angeles in June, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 103°F by day to 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Willow Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Neon Museum ©
The Neon Museum
Lake Mead National Recreation Area ©

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