39 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

39 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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39 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  17 h
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
El Dorado Hills
— 10 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Bus + Fly:  7 h 45 min
6
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
7
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
8
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Sydney

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Exploratorium and Fort Funston National Park. Relax by the water at Baker Beach and Ocean Beach. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, get to know the fascinating history of The Embarcadero, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip builder app .

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -18 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in San Francisco reach 17°C and lows reach 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to El Dorado Hills.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

10
nights
El Dorado Hills

El Dorado Hills ©
El Dorado Hills is an unincorporated census-designated place located in El Dorado County, California, 22mi east of the state capital of Sacramento. Visiting Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Head to davis ranch and El Dorado Hills Town Centerfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Rubicon Trail (in Georgetown), Henningsen Lotus Park (in Lotus) and South Fork American River (in Coloma). And it doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Windwalker Vineyards, tour the pleasant surroundings at Promontory Park, sample the fine beverages at Dry Diggings Distillery, and identify plant and animal life at Rancho Seco Recreational Area.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the El Dorado Hills itinerary planner .

Getting from San Francisco to El Dorado Hills by car takes about 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in December since evenings lows in El Dorado Hills dip to 3°C. On the 2nd (Thu), you're off toSt. Helena.

Things to do in El Dorado Hills

Parks Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Fair Play, Lotus, Coloma, Rubicon Trail, davis ranch
Highlights from your plan
Windwalker Vineyards ©
Windwalker Vineyards
Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards ©
Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards

1
night
St. Helena

The city of St.
On the 3rd (Fri), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the St. Helena online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from El Dorado Hills to St. Helena in 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in St. Helena are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings

3
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 4th (Sat): stroll through Point Lobos, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmel Mission, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, then take a stroll through Old Fisherman's Wharf, and finally admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Carmel trip planner.

Traveling by car from St. Helena to Carmel takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus, subway, and flight. Traveling from St. Helena in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Carmel, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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.
Get outdoors at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Glacier Point. Yosemite Museum Gallery and Mono Basin Historical Society are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Yosemite National Park to go to Bridgeport and see Bodie State Historic Park, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. On the 9th (Thu), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Spend the 7th (Tue) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, snap pictures at Pohono Bridge, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park vacation app .

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. Traveling from Carmel in January, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (7°C), and nights are colder (-12°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mono Basin Historical Society, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

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 Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. Shop till you drop at Gaslamp Quarter and Spanish Village Art Center. Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine, about 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through La Jolla Cove, meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, and see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read San Diego trip builder website .

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Yosemite National Park to San Diego in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In January, San Diego is much warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): examine the collection at The Mob Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, and then ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and then explore the striking landscape of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Las Vegas online travel route planner .

You can fly from San Diego to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Diego in January; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 17°C and lows reach 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

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

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Hammer Museum and Craft & Folk Art Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, & more) and Santa Monica (Montana Avenue, Santa Monica Mountains, & more). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, browse the different shops at The Grove, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

Plan trip to Los Angeles with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Fly from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Las Vegas in January, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 24°C and 11°C. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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