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: Tel Aviv
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
6
Malibu
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Tel Aviv

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. For shopping fun, head to Ferry Building Marketplace or Union Square. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, kick back and relax at China Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, and wander the streets of SoMa.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco itinerary builder tool .

Tel Aviv, Israel to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in October, expect San Francisco to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

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. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): stroll through Carmel River State Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel journey planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): hike along General Grant Tree Trail, then make a trip to Grant Grove, and then admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Traveling from Carmel in October, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
General Grant Tree Trail ©
General Grant Tree Trail
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Grant Grove ©
Grant Grove

5
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.
Get outdoors at Tuolumne Meadows and Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park online holiday planner .

You can take a bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 22°C, while nights are cooler with lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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.
For shopping fun, head to The Grove or Amoeba Music. Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Third Street Promenade (in Santa Monica). Pack the 17th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, make a trip to Two Rodeo Drive, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planner.

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. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, expect nights in Los Angeles to be much warmer, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Malibu.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

2
nights
Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at El Matador State Beach, see a world frozen in time at Paramount Ranch, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Malibu Hindu Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Paradise Cove and then kick back and relax at Zuma Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Malibu route planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to Malibu by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of tram and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Malibu, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Paramount Ranch, Malibu Hindu Temple
Highlights from your plan
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
El Matador State Beach ©
El Matador State Beach
Paramount Ranch ©
Paramount Ranch

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.
Visiting La Jolla Cove and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Our Lady of the Rosary Church are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, take in the exciting artwork at Spanish Village Art Center, appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, and pause for some serene contemplation at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego vacation tool .

You can drive from Malibu to San Diego in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. October in San Diego sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with The Strip, identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, try to win big at Paris Las Vegas, and ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas sightseeing planner .

You can fly from San Diego to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October in Las Vegas, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Lake Mead National Recreation Area ©

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