33 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

33 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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33 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  18​h
1
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
4
Calistoga
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Sydney

6
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santa Monica Pier and Venice Canals Walkway. Relax by the water at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). Pack the 30th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Bay, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, and explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles vacation planner.

Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to Los Angeles. Traveling from Sydney in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Theme Parks, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

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

2
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.
On the 31st (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, then admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, and finally admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas day trip planning app .

Getting from Los Angeles to Las Vegas by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 36°C and lows about 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains
The Strip ©
The Strip

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like USS Midway Museum and Mormon Battalion Historic Site. Escape the urban bustle at La Jolla Cove and San Diego Zoo. Step out of San Diego with an excursion to Oceanside Pier in Oceanside--about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and don't miss a visit to Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planner .

Getting from Las Vegas to San Diego by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Las Vegas in June: highs in San Diego hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Calistoga.

Things to do in San Diego

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Oceanside Pier
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

2
nights
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Mumm Napa, do a tasting at Robert Mondavi Winery, then do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Bodega Head.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Calistoga route planner .

Getting from San Diego to Calistoga by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, subway, and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in June, you will find days in Calistoga are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are a bit cooler (12°C). On the 8th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Calistoga

#Wineries, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trips

V. Sattui Winery, Mumm Napa, Bodega Head, Robert Mondavi Winery
Highlights from your plan
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery
Bodega Head ©
Bodega Head
V. Sattui Winery ©
V. Sattui Winery

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 9th (Sat), admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve and then kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row and then pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral.

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

Getting from Calistoga to Carmel by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Calistoga in June, you will find days in Carmel are little chillier (23°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row
San Carlos Cathedral ©
San Carlos Cathedral

7
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 outdoors at Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, trek along Nevada Falls Loop, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park vacation planning website .

Drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in June, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be slightly colder, around 5°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve and Fort Funston National Park for some beach relaxation. Visiting Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Montara State Beach (in Montara), Miramar Beach (in Half Moon Bay) and Limantour Beach (in Point Reyes National Seashore). Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, get to know the fascinating history of The Embarcadero, take a stroll through Marina District, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, expect nights in San Francisco to be a bit warmer, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Miramar Beach, Limantour Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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