9 days in Las Vegas & California Itinerary

9 days in Las Vegas & California Itinerary

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9 days in Las Vegas & California Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Bus:  6​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Houston

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.
To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas vacation planner .

Houston to Las Vegas is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Houston to Las Vegas, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Houston in April since evenings lows in Las Vegas dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Pinball Hall of Fame ©
Pinball Hall of Fame

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine, then explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, and then take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Titus Canyon, then contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, and then get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip planning site .

Getting from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Death Valley National Park when traveling from Los Angeles in April, with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon

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nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Whitney Trail, and then explore the striking landscape of Inyo National Forest. On your second day here, stroll through Big Stump Basin, steep yourself in history at Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery, and then see the interesting displays at Eastern California Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Independence, Inyo National Forest, Mount Whitney Trail
Highlights from your plan
Roaring River Falls ©
Roaring River Falls
Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery ©
Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery
Eastern California Museum ©
Eastern California Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, then take some stellar pictures from Valley View, and finally hike along Four Mile Trail. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Panorama Trail, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then snap pictures at Pohono Bridge, and finally admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park day trip planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 7 hours. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in April, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 59°F, while nights are colder with lows around 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Francisco driving holiday website .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, plan for a bit warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 67°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 51°F. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
USS Pampanito ©
USS Pampanito

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