36 days in Las Vegas, California & New York City Itinerary

36 days in Las Vegas, California & New York City Itinerary

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36 days in Las Vegas, California & New York City Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  14​h
1
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
5
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Big Sur
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h
8
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  11​h 15​min
9
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Manchester

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas. Head to The Strip and Las Vegas North Premium Outletsfor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Las Vegas: Valley of Fire State Park (in Overton), Helicopter Tours (in Boulder City) and Willow Beach (in Fort Mohave). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, try to win big at Wynn Las Vegas, and admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas day trip planning site .

Manchester, UK to Las Vegas is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Manchester to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in July, with highs in Las Vegas at 47°C and lows at 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Helicopter Tours, Willow Beach, Valley of Fire State Park
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and then make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. On the next day, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, cruise along Artists Dr, and then steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine.

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Getting from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Las Vegas in August since evenings lows in Death Valley National Park dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Manzanar National Historic Site and Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery. Visiting Moro Rock and Giant Forest will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: Lone Pine (Museum of Western Film History & Alabama Hills). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park, trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, and admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip app .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Independence, Lone Pine
Highlights from your plan
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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.
On the 9th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, then stop by Sebastian General Store, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station, tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August since evenings lows in San Simeon dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Get a sense of the local culture at Handley Cellars Winery and Lula Cellars. Escape the urban bustle at Noyo Headlands Park and Seaside Beach. Take a break from Fort Bragg with a short trip to Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA in Point Arena, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Pudding Creek Beach, shop like a local with Highlight Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Van Damme State Park, and look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Fort Bragg road trip tool .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Fort Bragg takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Fort Bragg can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mendocino, Philo, Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA
Highlights from your plan
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ©
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Van Damme State Park ©
Van Damme State Park
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Goat Rock Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Castello di Amorosa and California Academy of Sciences. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Salt Point State Park (in Jenner), Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and Bodega Dunes (in Bodega). There's much more to do: get curious at Exploratorium, contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco driving holiday site .

Drive from Fort Bragg to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. When traveling from Fort Bragg in August, plan for much colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Jenner, Castello di Amorosa, Bodega Dunes, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

4
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Point Sur State Historic Park and Parsonage Winery Tasting Room. Explore hidden gems such as Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Limekiln State Park. Change things up with a short trip to Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley (about 30 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, do a tasting at Cima Collina, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pacific Valley Bluff Trail, and snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Big Sur trip itinerary website .

You can drive from San Francisco to Big Sur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Big Sur are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Carmel Valley
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bridalveil Fall and Yosemite Falls. Get outdoors at Tuolumne Meadows and Bodie State Historic Park. There's much more to do: stroll through Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, get great views at Tunnel View, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Big Sur to Yosemite National Park. When traveling from Big Sur in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 32°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

3
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Appreciate the collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial. Do some cultural sightseeing at American Museum of Natural History and Times Square. There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Ellis Island, and see the interesting displays at New York Public Library.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City tour planning site .

Do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Yosemite National Park to New York City in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Yosemite National Park to New York City is 3 hours. Expect much hotter evenings in New York City when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, with lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York Public Library ©
New York Public Library

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