7 days in California, Nevada & Arizona Itinerary

7 days in California, Nevada & Arizona Itinerary

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7 days in California, Nevada & Arizona Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  6​h 30​min
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San Francisco
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
6
Sedona
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  8​h
End: Atlanta

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): make a trip to Lombard Street and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco vacation builder site .

Atlanta to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. March in San Francisco sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Lombard Street ©
Lombard Street

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 16th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip maker site .

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In March in Carmel, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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night
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 17th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, then take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Simeon trip planner.

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in March, expect nights in San Simeon to be slightly colder, around 41°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 18th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Palette, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, then explore and take pictures at Artists Dr, and finally explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip builder app .

Getting from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. In March, daytime highs in Death Valley National Park are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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

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night
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 19th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, and then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Las Vegas tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 52°F in Las Vegas. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Sedona.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio

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nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
On the 20th (Fri), take in breathtaking views at Oak Creek Canyon, admire all the interesting features of Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), then explore the striking landscape at Bell Rock, and finally explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sedona journey builder tool .

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Sedona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Sedona due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in March, expect Sedona to be little chillier, temps between 67°F and 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Oak Creek Canyon ©
Oak Creek Canyon
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Devil's Bridge Trail ©
Devil's Bridge Trail

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