44 days in California & Nevada Itinerary

44 days in California & Nevada Itinerary

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44 days in California & Nevada Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly + Bus:  10​h 30​min
1
South Lake Tahoe
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Bus:  3​h 30​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 9 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Las Vegas
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Los Angeles
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
San Diego
— 6 nights
Fly + Bus:  8​h 15​min
End: New York City

4
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Pope Beach and Sand Harbor. Take a break from the city and head to Tahoe Donner and Stream Profile Chamber. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kiva Beach, relax in the rural setting at Tahoe Trout Farm, look for gifts at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters, and explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe trip app .

New York City to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to South Lake Tahoe due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from New York City in November, with highs in South Lake Tahoe at 52°F and lows at 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lake Tahoe (California), Sand Harbor, Tahoe Donner
Highlights from your plan
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach

9
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Visiting Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and McGurk Meadow will get you outdoors. Spend the 21st (Wed) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome, trek along Panorama Trail, stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, and explore the activities along Gaylor Lake.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 19°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake

8
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll get in some beach time at Fort Funston National Park and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Gray Whale Cove State Beach (in Half Moon Bay) and San Gregorio State Beach (in San Gregorio). Next up on the itinerary: get curious at Exploratorium, explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and kick back and relax at Baker Beach.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip planning site .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, you will find days in San Francisco are somewhat warmer (64°F), and nights are much warmer (51°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

San Gregorio State Beach, Gray Whale Cove State Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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. Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, kick back and relax at Point Lobos, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel road trip planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In December in Carmel, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Pfeiffer State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

6
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.
Visiting Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Lake Mead National Recreation Area will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Mob Museum and The Strip. Venture out of the city with trips to Clark County Heritage Museum (in Henderson), Hoover Dam (in Boulder City) and Valley of Fire State Park (in Overton). There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Neon Museum, get engrossed in the history at Titanic, admire the masterpieces at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, and make a trip to Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Carmel to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Carmel in December, expect nights in Las Vegas to be about the same, around 39°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Valley of Fire State Park, Hoover Dam, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Clark County Heritage Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

8
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.
Visit La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Santa Monica Pier for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Manhattan Beach to see Manhattan Beach about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, see the interesting displays at The Grammy Museum, and explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Las Vegas in December: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 69°F and lows are around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Norton Simon Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

6
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.
Visit La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and San Diego Zoo. The adventure continues: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, kick back and relax at Coronado Beach, take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego, and stroll through Black's Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. December in San Diego sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Coronado Beach
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

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