29 days in California, Phoenix & Las Vegas Itinerary

29 days in California, Phoenix & Las Vegas Itinerary

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29 days in California, Phoenix & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Phoenix
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
5
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
6
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Getty Center and Santa Monica Pier. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 4th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, take a stroll through Angelino Heights Historic Area, and make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Los Angeles travel site .

Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Los Angeles is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in June, expect nights in Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, around 19°C, while days are warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Step out of San Diego to go to Encinitas and see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, which is approximately 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter, and let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip maker tool .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, you will find days in San Diego are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

2
nights
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Cholla Cactus Garden, explore the striking landscape at Skull Rock, and then identify plant and animal life at Barker Dam Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the views at Hidden Valley Nature Trail and then take in the dramatic natural features at Keys View.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Joshua Tree National Park trip planning site .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Joshua Tree National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Diego in June, you will find days in Joshua Tree National Park are much hotter (45°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Phoenix.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Keys View ©
Keys View
Cholla Cactus Garden ©
Cholla Cactus Garden

2
nights
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): browse the exhibits of Desert Botanical Garden, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, and then shop like a local with Old Town Scottsdale. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Musical Instrument Museum and then take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Friendship Garden.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Phoenix travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to Phoenix takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park to Phoenix is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Phoenix when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in June, with lows around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Scottsdale
Highlights from your plan
Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Old Town Scottsdale ©
Old Town Scottsdale
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church ©
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): examine the collection at The Mob Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, and then don't miss a visit to Bellagio Fountains. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and then explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Phoenix to Las Vegas by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. June in Las Vegas sees daily highs of 46°C and lows of 29°C at night. On the 17th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Sonoma Coast State Beach and Fort Funston National Park. Get some cultural insight at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Change things up with a short trip to Bodega Dunes in Bodega (about 1h 25 min away). There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, wander the streets of The Castro, tour the pleasant surroundings at Baker Beach, and shop like a local with Union Square.

Take the guesswork out of planning a San Francisco vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in June, with highs in San Francisco at 25°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Sonoma Coast State Beach, Bodega Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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 some cultural insight at Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Cemetery. Step out of Yosemite National Park with an excursion to Bodie State Historic Park in Bridgeport--about 1h 05 min away. Spend the 26th (Fri) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, get great views at Tunnel View, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park journey planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in June, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be slightly colder, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery

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