8 days in Las Vegas, California & New Orleans Itinerary

8 days in Las Vegas, California & New Orleans Itinerary

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8 days in Las Vegas, California & New Orleans Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  6​h
1
Las Vegas
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  4​h
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
New Orleans
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Atlanta

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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 (Mon), shop like a local with The Strip and then take in a show at Bellagio Fountains.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Las Vegas attractions site .

Atlanta to Las Vegas is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to Las Vegas is minus 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Atlanta in July; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 104°F and lows reach 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

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

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Beach Park.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Diego itinerary planner .

Getting from Las Vegas to San Diego by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in July, expect nights in San Diego to be slightly colder, around 68°F, while days are much colder, around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

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 24th (Wed): look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel attractions planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Carmel in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. In July, Carmel is a bit cooler than San Diego - with highs of 69°F and lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): make a trip to Olmsted Point, get advice or help at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lembert Dome and then stroll through Tuolumne Meadows.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park journey builder site .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Carmel, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Taft Point ©
Taft Point
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Marshall’s Beach, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Francisco online sightseeing planner .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 73°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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day
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
On the 29th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of St. Louis Cathedral, then stop by Faulkner House Books, then appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter, and finally wander the streets of Garden District.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, read New Orleans driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to New Orleans takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to New Orleans is 2 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer days in New Orleans, with highs around 80°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
French Quarter ©
French Quarter
Garden District ©
Garden District
Faulkner House Books ©
Faulkner House Books

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