7 days in Nevada & California Itinerary

7 days in Nevada & California Itinerary

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7 days in Nevada & California Itinerary

Start: Boston
bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
End: Boston

1
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 22nd (Sat), take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, shop like a local with The Strip, and then admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains.

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Boston to Las Vegas is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to Las Vegas is minus 3 hours. In December, Las Vegas is a bit warmer than Boston - with highs of 57°F and lows of 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Helicopter Tours
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Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains
The Strip ©
The Strip

1
night
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 24th (Mon): explore the activities along Badwater Basin, then admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr, and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Death Valley National Park road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 33°F in Death Valley National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, hit the slopes at Curry Village Ice Rink, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then stroll through Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park day trip planning site .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Death Valley National Park in December, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 46°F and lows at 14°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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 26th (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then kick back and relax at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Carmel day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in December: highs in Carmel hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

2
nights
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 27th (Thu): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, and finally wander the streets of Union Square.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. December in San Francisco sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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