11 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

11 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights

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San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Golden Gate Bridge and USS Pampanito. Museum-lovers will get to explore California Academy of Sciences and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Baker Beach and get great views at Twin Peaks.

To find out how to plan a trip to San Francisco, use our trip itinerary maker.

If you are flying in from Portugal, the closest major aiports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport, Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport and Travis Air Force Base. In July, daytime highs in San Francisco are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. On the 31st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Beaches

Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
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.
On the 1st (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then trek along Panorama Trail, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and then explore the striking landscape at El Capitan.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time for travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 4th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point and then steep yourself in history at Charcoal Kilns. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Badwater Basin and then steep yourself in history at Geologist's Cabin.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park travel tool.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are somewhat warmer (43°C), and nights are warmer (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Las Vegas

— 2 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Gunship Helicopters. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): see the world from above with Gunship Helicopters.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip builder tool.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Death Valley National Park in August since evenings lows in Las Vegas dip to 29°C. On the 7th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.