11 days in California & Nevada Itinerary

11 days in California & Nevada Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States holiday planner
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Fly
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Fly to Las Vegas
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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San Francisco — 2 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum, then engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, then make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, and finally make a trip to Lombard Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island and then head outdoors with Point Reyes Safaris.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to San Francisco, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Sydney in January: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 17°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
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Yosemite National Park — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): hit the slopes at Badger Pass Ski Area. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Bridalveil Fall, identify plant and animal life at McGurk Meadow, look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in January, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around -12°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Las Vegas.
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Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife
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Las Vegas — 2 nights

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Pinball Hall of Fame, get the lay of the land with Nostalgia Street Rods, and then admire the majestic nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah, admire the masterpieces at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, then see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, and finally examine the collection at The Neon Museum.

For photos and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas day trip planning site.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Las Vegas by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 17°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to fly to San Diego.
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San Diego — 2 nights

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.
On the 22nd (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, then admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and then stroll through La Jolla Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Mingei International Museum, then examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Diego takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Las Vegas in January: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 2 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 24th (Tue), get curious at California Science Center, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, and finally take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary website.

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. On the 25th (Wed), you're off to home.
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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.
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Nevada travel guide

4.2
Performances · Fountains · Casinos
The Silver State
The neon streets of Las Vegas represent only one chapter in the story of Nevada, a sparsely populated state offering travelers a chance to discover the country's western frontier. Utterly unlike the more populated parts of the North American continent, Nevada's landscape includes huge deserts where you can easily leave modern civilization behind and enjoy a tranquil vacation. For a taste of untamed Nevada, explore the network of paved and unpaved roads leading to some of the world's most rugged and desolate natural wonders. If trying to make a fortune is high on your itinerary, remember that in the first state to legalize gambling, a slot machine is never too far away. Even gas stations and small motels in the largely deserted rural areas offer some form of gambling to the passing traveler.
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