25 days in California, Hollywood & Las Vegas Itinerary

25 days in California, Hollywood & Las Vegas Itinerary

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25 days in California, Hollywood & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  3​h 30​min
4
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
6
Hollywood
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
7
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
9
Anaheim
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Exploratorium and Asian Art Museum. Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and shop like a local with Union Square.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco attractions website .

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Sydney to San Francisco, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, San Francisco is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

1
night
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. On the 5th (Fri), look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In July in Carmel, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Yosemite Museum Gallery and Yosemite Valley Chapel. Visiting Glacier Point and North Dome will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop, hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park road trip site .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
North Dome ©
North Dome

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): kick back and relax at El Dorado Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pope Beach.

Before you visit South Lake Tahoe, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe by combination of bus and taxi takes about 3.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like USS Midway Museum and Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. Step out of the city life by going to La Jolla Cove and San Diego Zoo. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from South Lake Tahoe to San Diego takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from South Lake Tahoe, expect a bit cooler days and warmer nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hollywood.

Things to do in San Diego

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

2
nights
Hollywood

Hollywood ©
The city of Hollywood is a classic Florida beach town and popular vacation spot, attracting visitors with its picturesque beaches, lively nightlife, and laid-back vibe.
Take a break from the city and head to Shark Valley and Anhinga Trail. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at South Beach and Hollywood Beach. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Lauderdale Beach and stroll through Haulover Beach Park.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Hollywood road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Hollywood takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, tram, and train; or drive. Traveling from San Diego to Hollywood, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Diego in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Hollywood: highs are around 38°C and lows about 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Hollywood

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Everglades National Park, South Beach, Fort Lauderdale Beach, Haulover Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Hollywood Beach ©
Hollywood Beach
Shark Valley ©
Shark Valley
Anhinga Trail ©
Anhinga Trail

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.
On the 16th (Tue), see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, then shop like a local with The Strip, and then admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The Neon Museum, browse the different shops at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, and then explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Las Vegas route builder .

Getting from Hollywood to Las Vegas by combination of bus and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Hollywood to Las Vegas is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Hollywood in July, expect nights in Las Vegas to be about the same, around 32°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 47°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Will Rogers State Beach and Santa Monica State Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and steep yourself in history at Avila Adobe.

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

Getting from Las Vegas to Los Angeles by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. When traveling from Las Vegas in July, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica State Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

2
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): examine the collection at Mission San Juan Capistrano and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Victoria Beach. On your second day here, immerse yourself in nature at Crystal Cove, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then shop like a local with The Disney Gallery.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Anaheim tour itinerary planner.

Anaheim is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. In July in Anaheim, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Anaheim

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Christ Cathedral, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
The Disney Gallery ©
The Disney Gallery
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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