29 days in California, Las Vegas & Orlando Itinerary

29 days in California, Las Vegas & Orlando Itinerary

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29 days in California, Las Vegas & Orlando Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
bus + Drive:  8​h
6
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
8
Orlando
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Explore hidden gems such as Castello di Amorosa and Muir Woods National Monument. Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve in Guerneville--about 1h 40 min away. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Marshall’s Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lincoln Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco itinerary maker site .

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°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, Castello di Amorosa, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

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. On the 17th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°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), contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station.

To see reviews and other tourist information, read San Simeon trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Carmel, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Piedras Blancas Light Station
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Moro Rock and Kings Canyon National Park. Visiting Manzanar National Historic Site and Zumwalt Meadow Trail will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, stroll through Congress Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from San Simeon in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to take a 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
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Sentinel Dome and Yosemite Falls. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bodie State Historic Park and Mono Lake County Park. Spend the 27th (Fri) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's still lots to do: trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

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 September, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 27°C, while nights are colder with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Zabriskie Point and Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Take a break from the city and head to Badwater Basin and Artists Palette. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Artists Dr, go deep underground at Eureka Mine, get great views at Dante's View, and make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive 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

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Valley of Fire State Park and Battlefield Vegas. Get outdoors at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. When in Las Vegas, make a side trip to see Mouse's Tank in Overton, approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas, and get engrossed in the history at Titanic.

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You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 18°C in Las Vegas. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Overton
Highlights from your plan
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

2
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park and Room Escape Games. Kids will appreciate attractions like Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort. There's more to do: try out the rides at Happily Ever After Fireworks.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Orlando trip maker app .

Fly from Las Vegas to Orlando in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Orlando is 3 hours. Traveling from Las Vegas in October, Orlando is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Fun & Games Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park ©
Room Escape Games

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