29 days in California, Las Vegas & Orlando Itinerary

29 days in California, Las Vegas & Orlando Itinerary

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1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
5
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
6
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
7
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
8
Orlando
— 2 nights

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some cultural insight at Alcatraz Island and California Academy of Sciences. Visit Golden Gate Bridge and Filbert Street Stairs for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville), Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga). The adventure continues: go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, visit SoMa, tee off at Lincoln Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Marshall’s Beach.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip maker site.

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to San Francisco, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Muir Woods National Monument, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

2
nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and then kick back and relax at Point Lobos. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Carmel online tour planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 19th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, thenidentify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and then enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the San Simeon road trip planner.

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in September, you will find days in San Simeon are a bit warmer (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station

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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.
Popular historic sites such as General Sherman Tree and Manzanar National Historic Site are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Giant Forest and Zumwalt Meadow Trail. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park, trek along Congress Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moro Rock, and take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls.

Discover how to plan a Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Simeon in September since evenings lows in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Family-friendly places like Yosemite, Tunnel View and Mariposa Grove will thrill your kids. Explore Yosemite National Park's surroundings by going to Mono Lake County Park (in Lee Vining) and Bodie State Historic Park (in Bridgeport). Spend the 27th (Fri) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop.

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Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 8.5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in September, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (°C), and nights are cooler (°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catch the bus to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Mono Lake County Park, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Get in touch with nature at Badwater Basin and Artists Dr. Step off the beaten path and head to Zabriskie Point and Wildrose Peak Trail. Step out of Death Valley National Park to go to Amargosa Valley and see Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Palette, get great views at Dante's View, don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, and steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park route planner.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 6 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Mouse's Tank. Bring the kids along to Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Titanic. Step out of Las Vegas to go to Overton and see Valley of Fire State Park, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Strip, enjoy some diversion at Battlefield Vegas, try your luck at Wynn Las Vegas, and make a trip to Fountains of Bellagio.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Las Vegas trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Death Valley National Park in October since evenings lows in Las Vegas dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Overton
Highlights from your plan
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area ©
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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nights
Orlando

Orlando ©
For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Room Escape Games and Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park. Kids will appreciate attractions like Universal Orlando Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. There's more to do: discover the magic at Happily Ever After Fireworks.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Orlando online day trip planner.

Getting from Las Vegas to Orlando by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Las Vegas to Orlando. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Orlando when traveling from Las Vegas in October, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Fun & Games Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Happily Ever After Fireworks ©
Happily Ever After Fireworks
Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park ©
Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort

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