36 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

36 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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36 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
bus + Drive:  5​h 45​min
8
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
9
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Riyadh

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.
Kids will enjoy Disneyland Park and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Explore hidden gems such as California Science Center and The Grove. Pack the 4th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Getty Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles holiday maker tool .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Los Angeles is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 11 hours. In July, Los Angeles is much colder than Riyadh - with highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Shores Park and then identify plant and animal life at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Windansea Beach, and then stroll through Pacific Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Diego online trip builder .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you will find days in San Diego are little chillier (29°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Pacific Beach ©
Pacific Beach

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 10th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and then don't miss a visit to The Strip. Keep things going the next day: take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas day trip website .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Las Vegas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from San Diego, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 47°C to lows of 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the architecture and history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Asilomar State Beach, then kick back and relax at Lovers Point, and finally stop by AiX.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Carmel day trip website .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. July in Carmel sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, AiX, Pfeiffer State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): stop by Harmony Pottery Works, kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Dollar Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Simeon online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for much warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 40°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Moonstone Beach, Harmony Pottery Works, Sand Dollar Beach
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as General Grant Tree Trail and Giant Forest. General Sherman Tree and The Presidente tree are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to The Senate (in Three Rivers) and Manzanar National Historic Site (in Independence). Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park, explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, and hike along Zumwalt Meadow Trail.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park tour itinerary 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 July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) 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 Trips

Three Rivers, Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Panorama Trail and Vernal Fall. Step out of the city life by going to Sentinel Dome and El Capitan. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along Lembert Dome, explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, and take in the exciting artwork at Ansel Adams Gallery.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park attractions planner .

Traveling by bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 7 hours. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 33°C, while nights are colder with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): go deep underground at Eureka Mine, get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek, then take in breathtaking views at Titus Canyon, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Salt Creek Interpretive Trail. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and then steep yourself in history at Charcoal Kilns.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park holiday planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park by combination of bus and car takes about 6 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 45°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail ©
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Alcatraz Island. Get some cultural insight at VJB Cellars and Presidio of San Francisco. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Orin Swift Cellars (in St. Helena), Stonestreet Winery (in Healdsburg) and California State Railroad Museum (in Sacramento). There's lots more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, and trek along Lands End.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Death Valley National Park to San Francisco takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Stonestreet Winery, Muir Woods National Monument, VJB Cellars, Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands

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