30 days in California, Nevada & Arizona Itinerary

30 days in California, Nevada & Arizona Itinerary

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30 days in California, Nevada & Arizona Itinerary

Start: Plymouth
+2
train + Fly + bus:  18​h 30​min
1
Healdsburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Death Valley National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Tucson
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
Sedona
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + train:  22​h 15​min
End: Plymouth

2
nights
Healdsburg

Healdsburg ©
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Modus Operandi Cellars and Truett Hurst Winery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stephen & Walker Winery and VML Winery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Healdsburg: St. Helena (Moone Tsai Winery, Rombauer Vineyards, & more) and Glen Ellen (Wellington Cellars & Loxton Winery). It doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Seghesio Family Vineyards and pause for some serene contemplation at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Healdsburg journey planning tool .

Exeter, UK to Healdsburg is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Exeter to Healdsburg. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

St. Helena, Glen Ellen
Highlights from your plan
Stephen & Walker Winery ©
Stephen & Walker Winery
Sherwin Family Vineyards ©
Sherwin Family Vineyards
VML Winery ©
VML Winery

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. You'll get in some beach time at San Gregorio State Beach and Pescadero State Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Balloon Rides (in Napa), California State Capitol Museum (in Sacramento) and Cowell Ranch State Beach (in Half Moon Bay). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Walt Disney Family Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Healdsburg to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Healdsburg in December, San Francisco is a bit warmer at night with lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Half Moon Bay, Balloon Rides, San Gregorio State Beach, California State Capitol Museum
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Walt Disney Family Museum ©
Walt Disney Family Museum

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. On the 8th (Sun), trek along Scenic Road Walkway, take in the history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmel Mission, then do a tasting at Caraccioli Cellars, and finally view the masterpieces at Wyland Gallery Carmel. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Point Pinos Lighthouse, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Carmel day trip website .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. December in Carmel sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): stroll the grounds of Cambria Cemetery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, then do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, then contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, and finally learn more about the world around you at Greenspace Creekside Reserve.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip planning app .

Drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in December, plan for little chillier nights in San Simeon, with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery

2
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.
On the 11th (Wed), examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, then explore the world behind art at The Broad, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame. On the next day, learn about all things military at Battleship USS Iowa Museum, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Simeon in December, with highs in Los Angeles at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive Museum
Battleship USS Iowa Museum ©
Battleship USS Iowa Museum
The Broad ©
The Broad

4
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Harmony Borax Works and Charcoal Kilns. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Devil's Speedway and The Ranch at Furnace Creek. Step out of Death Valley National Park with an excursion to Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Amargosa Valley--about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon, tee off at Furnace Creek Golf Course, and contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in December; daily highs in Death Valley National Park reach 15°C and lows reach 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge ©
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Charcoal Kilns ©
Charcoal Kilns

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.
Get some cultural insight at Historic Route 66 Museum and Counts Kustoms. Let the collections at Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection and The Auto Collections capture your imagination. Step out of Las Vegas to go to Fort Mohave and see Willow Beach, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah, don't miss a visit to The Strip, take a stroll through Las Vegas Downtown, and ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip maker tool .

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 December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Las Vegas, with lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tucson.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Historic Route 66 Museum, Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection, Willow Beach
Highlights from your plan
Historic Route 66 Museum ©
Historic Route 66 Museum
Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection ©
The LINQ Promenade ©
The LINQ Promenade

2
nights
Tucson

Tucson ©
One of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, Tucson is a city on a cultural crossroads, with European, Native American, Mexican, and Asian residents blending and sometimes conflicting with one another.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): shop like a local with Madaras Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Horse Soldier, then see the interesting displays at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, and finally examine the collection at Franklin Auto Museum. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Tumacacori National Historical Park, shop like a local with Art Gallery H, and then take in the history at Mission San Xavier del Bac.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tucson trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Tucson takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. When traveling from Las Vegas in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Tucson, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Tucson

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Tumacacori National Historical Park, Art Gallery H
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Horse Soldier ©
Museum of the Horse Soldier
Mission San Xavier del Bac ©
Mission San Xavier del Bac

4
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park and Whiskey Row. You'll explore and learn at Arizona Copper Art Museum and Phippen Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Sedona: Sharlot Hall Museum (in Prescott), Tuzigoot National Monument (in Clarkdale) and Jerome (Jerome Historical Society Mine Museum, Douglas Mansion, & more). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Page Springs Cellars, take in the exciting artwork at Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art, get a taste of the local shopping with Renee Taylor Gallery, and get engrossed in the history at Sedona Heritage Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Sedona trip planner.

Getting from Tucson to Sedona by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Tucson in December, you will find days in Sedona are slightly colder (14°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sedona

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Jerome, Prescott, Cornville, Cottonwood, Clarkdale
Highlights from your plan
Arizona Copper Art Museum ©
Arizona Copper Art Museum
Tuzigoot National Monument ©
Tuzigoot National Monument
Whiskey Row ©
Whiskey Row

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