34 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

34 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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34 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Brownwood
Drive:  24​h
1
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
St. Helena
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
West Hollywood
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
7
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
9
Las Vegas
— 5 nights
Drive:  17​h
End: Brownwood

3
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Relax by the water at Baldwin Beach and Pope Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tallac Historic Site and Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park, race across the water with a speed boat tour, step into the grandiose world of Vikingsholm, and admire the majestic nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe itinerary planner .

Brownwood to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Brownwood to South Lake Tahoe. When traveling from Brownwood in July, plan for slightly colder days in South Lake Tahoe, with highs around 82°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Emerald Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park

3
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Pride Mountain Vineyards and Robert Mondavi Winery. Take a break from the city and head to Artesa Vineyards & Winery and Bothe-Napa State Park. Dedicate the 7th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, stop by Oxbow Public Market, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our St. Helena trip planner .

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to St. Helena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 53°F in St. Helena. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Napa, Robert Mondavi Winery, Bothe-Napa State Park
Highlights from your plan
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery
Wine Tours & Tastings

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Shop till you drop at Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplace. Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, get curious at Exploratorium, enjoy the sand and surf at Marshall’s Beach, and stroll through Baker Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco online attractions planner .

Drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. While traveling from St. Helena, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Cannery Row, then make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel road trip website .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Carmel are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Cannery Row, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row

6
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tuolumne Meadows and Vernal Fall. Spend the 16th (Thu) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, trek along Panorama Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 83°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to West Hollywood.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

1
night
West Hollywood

West Hollywood ©
West Hollywood, occasionally referred to locally as WeHo, is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. You've now added Six Flags Magic Mountain to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Six Flags Magic Mountain, enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, then take a stroll through Montana Avenue, then wander the streets of Rodeo Drive, and finally browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the West Hollywood vacation planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Yosemite National Park to West Hollywood in 4 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for little chillier days in West Hollywood, with highs around 76°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in West Hollywood

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Beverly Hills, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Marina Beach, Montana Avenue
Highlights from your plan
Six Flags Magic Mountain ©
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Two Rodeo Drive ©
Two Rodeo Drive
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach

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 some cultural insight at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Third Street Promenade. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Disneyland Park in Anaheim--about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, steep yourself in history at Hollyhock House, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles online day trip planner .

Los Angeles is just a stone's throw from West Hollywood. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from West Hollywood in July: highs in Los Angeles hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Museums

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

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at USS Midway Museum and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Do your shopping at Gaslamp Quarter and Spanish Village Art Center. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read San Diego trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

5
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 The Strip and The Mob Museum. Get outdoors at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Hoover Dam (in Boulder City), Willow Beach (in Fort Mohave) and Spring Mountains Visitor Center (in Mount Charleston). There's lots more to do: admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, try your luck at Paris Las Vegas, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Las Vegas travel planning tool .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Las Vegas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in July, expect nights in Las Vegas to be a bit warmer, around 81°F, while days are much hotter, around 104°F. On the 2nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Willow Beach, Hoover Dam, Spring Mountains Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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