28 days in West Coast & Las Vegas Itinerary

28 days in West Coast & Las Vegas Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 1 day
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Big Sur
— 1 night
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Carmel
— 1 day
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Redwood National Park
— 2 nights
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Crater Lake National Park
— 1 day
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Portland
— 2 nights
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Seattle
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
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Los Angeles

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Get in touch with nature at Santa Monica Mountains and Bronson Caves. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Newport Beach) and Huntington Beach Pier (in Huntington Beach). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, catch a live event at Staples Center, and learn about all things military at Battleship USS Iowa Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles travel route tool.

Brisbane, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Brisbane to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in December, expect Los Angeles to be a bit cooler, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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Las Vegas

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah, look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

Plan my day in Las Vegas using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in December: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 16°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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A Land of Giants

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.
On the 22nd (Sun), admire the sheer force of Roaring River Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt. Whitney, then trek along Big Trees Trail, and finally don't miss a visit to The Senate. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Redwood Canyon Trail and then look for all kinds of wild species at Project Survival's Cat Haven.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park itinerary planner.

You can drive from Las Vegas to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

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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 24th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove, make a trip to Washburn Point, then don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cloud's Rest, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Badger Pass Ski Area.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in December, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (9°C), and nights are cooler (-11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails

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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 26th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Genoa Cemetery, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then see the interesting displays at Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum.

Make your South Lake Tahoe itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 3 hours. In December in South Lake Tahoe, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and -8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

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Big Sur

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): enjoy the sea views from Point Sur State Historic Park, trek along Partington Cove, then trek along Pacific Valley Bluff Trail, and finally view the masterpieces at Coast Gallery Big Sur.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Big Sur trip planner.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Big Sur in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. While traveling from South Lake Tahoe, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Big Sur, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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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 28th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Scenic Road Walkway, and finally admire the architecture and history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Carmel trip planner.

Getting from Big Sur to Carmel by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In December in Carmel, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lands End and Muir Woods National Monument. There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, walk around Presidio of San Francisco, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, and take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Redwood National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take a peaceful walk through Tall Trees Grove, kick back and relax at Enderts Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at California Coastal Trail.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Redwood National Park online tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from San Francisco to Redwood National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in January, Redwood National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Crater Lake National Park

Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): hike along Watchman Peak and then identify plant and animal life at Mount Scott.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Crater Lake National Park day trip website.

Traveling by car from Redwood National Park to Crater Lake National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In January, Crater Lake National Park is a bit cooler than Redwood National Park - with highs of 11°C and lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Nature

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Portland

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Portland Art Museum and Oregon Historical Society are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Willamette Valley and Mount Hood. When in Portland, make a side trip to see Bonneville Hatchery in Cascade Locks, approximately Cascade Locks away. And it doesn't end there: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the views from Tilikum Crossing, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Tabor Park, and immerse yourself in nature at Tryon Creek State Natural Area.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Portland route planning website.

You can drive from Crater Lake National Park to Portland in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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Seattle

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Discover out-of-the-way places like LeMay - America's Car Museum and Kerry Park. Step out of the city life by going to Snoqualmie Falls and Washington Park Arboretum. Step out of Seattle with an excursion to Bloedel Reserve in Bainbridge Island--about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Bruce Lee Grave Site.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Seattle trip planner.

You can drive from Portland to Seattle in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly; or take a bus. In January in Seattle, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Los Angeles

City of Angels

On the 10th (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, then explore the world behind art at The Broad, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Seattle to Los Angeles takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Seattle in January, plan for much warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 24°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Historic Sites