26 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

26 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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26 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
St. Helena
— 1 day
+3
bus + subway + Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
4
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 14 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Newark


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2
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. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, then take a leisurely stroll along The Embarcadero, and finally catch a live performance at Palace of Fine Arts Theatre. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, then admire the verdant scenery at Silicon Valley, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary planning tool .

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. In May, daytime highs in San Francisco are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

1
day
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
On the 27th (Mon), learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, then learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars, then do a tasting at Castello di Amorosa, and finally learn about winemaking at Beringer Vineyards.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Helena trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, you will find days in St. Helena are somewhat warmer (76°F), and nights are slightly colder (48°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Beringer Vineyards ©
Beringer Vineyards

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.
On the 28th (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then take in the exciting artwork at Ansel Adams Gallery, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park journey planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, subway, flight, and car from St. Helena to Yosemite National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from St. Helena in May, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 65°F and lows at 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego visit planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to San Diego in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

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

14
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.
You've now added Six Flags Magic Mountain to your itinerary. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Visit Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Oak Canyon Nature Center & The Disney Gallery), Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade, Montana Avenue, & more) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point). Pack the 2nd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, explore the world behind art at Hammer Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, and take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles journey maker app .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim, Two Rodeo Drive, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Six Flags Magic Mountain
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Neon Museum and Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum. Visiting Willow Beach and Escape Adventures and Las Vegas Cyclery will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Las Vegas online tour builder .

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 warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 103°F by day to 77°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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