๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA (CALIFORNIA & NEVADA)

Yosemite, California - USA itineraryNothing quite beats the majesty of the national parks you’ll see on this trip, which is also a real pleaser for city slickers with Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco on the itinerary. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.

Here’s your USA (California & Nevada) itinerary:

Luxury Grand Canyon, USA
1 โœˆTo Los Angeles (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon ๐ŸจKimpton La Peer (Book >) All hotels >
There’s more than enough energy in this city to help you beat jetlag. Meet the Pacific Ocean at Santa Monica Pier, sit on the beach then head to the hotel via Venice Beach. Arrange a transfer from the airport.
2 At Universal Studios Hollywood enjoy a 60-min studio tour. Go back to the other side of Hollywood Hills and star spot along Hollywood Boulevard. Drop down to Sunset Boulevard then on to Sunset Strip. A little more walking and you’re on glitzy Rodeo Drive. If you’re eligible you can apply for your ESTA visa waiver here.
3 ๐Ÿš—Los Angeles to Las Vegas drive (Hire car >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 14:30 ๐ŸจFour Seasons (Book >) All hotels >
As soon as you arrive in Vegas hit the Strip, making sure to not miss the spectacular Venetian and Caesars Palace.ย Treasure Island’s TI: Sirens show is free to watch with performances from 17:30. We recommend leaving Los Angeles after 10:00 to miss rush hour.
4 Take a day trip to the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. If you haven’t already done so then see the fountains outside the Bellagio. Because the Strip is four miles long you may want to take a taxi to/from Downtown Las Vegas.
5 ๐Ÿš—Las Vegas to Death Valley drive Dep: 09:30 Arr: 12:00 ๐ŸจThe Inn (Book >) All hotels >
You may want to hide from the sun for a few more hours. When you’re ready to get going then drive on toย Rainbow Canyon,ย Badwater Basin andย Artists Drive. Hike Golden Canyon when the day starts to cool down. Death Valley was named by a group of pioneers who got lost here in 1849-50. All but one of them made it out.
6 ๐Ÿš—Death Valley toย Sequoia National Park drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 13:00 ๐ŸจWuksachi Village & Lodge (Book >) All hotels >
Drive around the Sierra Nevada Mountains and in to Sequoia National Park. Walk through the Giant Forest and be entirely dwarfed by the immense General Sherman tree. Fill up on fuel before entering the national park.
7 ๐Ÿš—Sequoia National Park to Yosemite drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 19:00 ๐ŸจThe Majestic Yosemite Hotel
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En route to Yosemite stop off at King’s Canyon to see the sequoia trees in Redwood Canyon. Watch out for undertaking in the USA, which is perfectly legal here.
8 A full day to explore Yosemite Valley, including the Mist Trail,ย Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan, Vernal Falls, Yosemite Falls and Glacier Point. Book your accommodation a long way ahead.
9 ๐Ÿš—Yosemite to Lake Tahoe drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 16:00 ๐ŸจThe Landing Resort & Spa
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The drive today is stupendous. You’ll start off in Yosemite, see magnificent forests and massive mountains, ending up on the shores of beautiful Lake Tahoe. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to stop along the way (actual journey is min 4.5hrs).
10 ๐Ÿš—Lake Tahoe to Napa Valley drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 12:30 ๐ŸจRancho Caymus Inn
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Arrive in plenty of time to sample the wine in Napa’s numerous vineyards.
11 ๐Ÿš—Napa Valley to San Francisco drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 10:30 ๐ŸจFairmont Heritage Place (Book >) All hotels >
Once you’ve dropped the car off head down to Fisherman’s Wharf and explore PIER 39 and the Maritime National Park, looking out for sea lions as you go. San Francisco can get cold even during the summer.
12 Shop in Union Square, enjoy lunch in Chinatown then embark on a tour to Alcatraz, combined with a boat trip beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Tours for Alcatraz can book up weeks ahead and so try to reserve in advance.
13 โœˆSan Francisco to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon (next day) Connect this USA (California and Nevada) itinerary with the Eastern USA itinerary
You’ll have most of today to get to any places you didn’t manage to see on days 11 and 12.
Mid-range Las Vegas, Nevada
1 โœˆTo Los Angeles (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon ๐ŸจThe Orlando Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
There’s more than enough energy in this city to help you beat jetlag. Meet the Pacific Ocean at Santa Monica Pier, sit on the beach then head to the hotel via Venice Beach. Arrange a transfer from the airport.
2 At Universal Studios Hollywood enjoy a 60-min studio tour. Go back to the other side of Hollywood Hills and star spot along Hollywood Boulevard. Drop down to Sunset Boulevard then on to Sunset Strip. A little more walking and you’re on glitzy Rodeo Drive. If you’re eligible you can apply for your ESTA visa waiver here.
3 ๐Ÿš—Los Angeles to Las Vegas drive (Hire car >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 14:30 ๐ŸจSignature at MGM Grand (Book >) All hotels >
As soon as you arrive in Vegas hit the Strip, making sure to not miss the spectacular Venetian and Caesars Palace. Treasure Island’s TI: Sirens show is free to watch with performances from 17:30. We recommend leaving Los Angeles after 10:00 to miss rush hour.
4 Take a day trip to the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. If you haven’t already done so then see the fountains outside the Bellagio. Because the Strip is four miles long you may want to take a taxi to/from Downtown Las Vegas.
5 ๐Ÿš—Las Vegas to Death Valley drive Dep: 09:30 Arr: 12:00 ๐ŸจStovepipe Wells Village (Book >) All hotels >
You may want to hide from the sun for a few more hours. When you’re ready to get going then drive on to Rainbow Canyon, Badwater Basin and Artists Drive. Hike Golden Canyon when the day starts to cool down. Death Valley was named by a group of pioneers who got lost here in 1849-50. All but one of them made it out.
6 ๐Ÿš—Death Valley to Sequoia National Park drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 13:00 ๐ŸจComfort Inn Three Rivers (Book >) All hotels >
Drive around the Sierra Nevada Mountains and in to Sequoia National Park. Walk through the Giant Forest and be entirely dwarfed by the immense General Sherman tree. Fill up on fuel before entering the national park.
7 ๐Ÿš—Sequoia National Park to Yosemite drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 19:00 ๐ŸจBig Tree Lodge
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En route to Yosemite stop off at King’s Canyon to see the sequoia trees in Redwood Canyon. Watch out for undertaking in the USA, which is perfectly legal here.
8 A full day to explore Yosemite Valley, including the Mist Trail, Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan, Vernal Falls, Yosemite Falls and Glacier Point. Book your accommodation a long way ahead.
9 ๐Ÿš—Yosemite to Lake Tahoe drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 16:00 ๐ŸจGrand Residences by Marriott
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The drive today is stupendous. You’ll start off in Yosemite, see magnificent forests and massive mountains, ending up on the shores of beautiful Lake Tahoe. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to stop along the way (actual journey is min 4.5hrs).
10 ๐Ÿš—Lake Tahoe to Napa Valley drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 12:30 ๐ŸจMount View Hotel & Spa (Book >) All hotels >
Arrive in plenty of time to sample the wine in Napa’s numerous vineyards.
11 ๐Ÿš—Napa Valley to San Francisco drive Dep: 09:00 Arr: 10:30 ๐ŸจThe Orchard Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
Once you’ve dropped the car off head down to Fisherman’s Wharf and explore PIER 39 and the Maritime National Park, looking out for sea lions as you go. San Francisco can get cold even during the summer.
12 Shop in Union Square, enjoy lunch in Chinatown then embark on a tour to Alcatraz, combined with a boat trip beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Tours for Alcatraz can book up weeks ahead and so try to reserve in advance.
13 โœˆSan Francisco to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon (next day) Connect this USA (California and Nevada) itinerary with the Eastern USA itinerary
You’ll have most of today to get to any places you didn’t manage to see on days 11 and 12.
Budget San Francisco, USA
1 โœˆTo Los Angeles (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon ๐ŸจUSA Hostels Hollywood(Book >) All hotels >
There’s more than enough energy in this city to help you beat jetlag. Meet the Pacific Ocean at Santa Monica Pier, sit on the beach then head to the hotel via Venice Beach. Don’t forget to pack your camping gear!
2 At Universal Studios Hollywood enjoy a 60-min studio tour. Go back to the other side of Hollywood Hills and star spot along Hollywood Boulevard. Drop down to Sunset Boulevard then on to Sunset Strip. A little more walking and you’re on glitzy Rodeo Drive. Because it’s so cheap to drive in the USA (and because of the lack of public transport) we’ve used car hire as a means of travel, however, this tour is a good alternative.
3 ๐Ÿš—Los Angeles to Las Vegas drive (Hire car >) Dep: 10:00 Arr: 14:30 ๐ŸจBally’s (Book >) All hotels >
As soon as you arrive in Vegas hit the Strip, making sure to not miss the spectacular Venetian and Caesars Palace. Treasure Island’s TI: Sirens show is free to watch with performances from 17:30. We recommend leaving Los Angeles after 10:00 to miss rush hour.
4 Take a day trip to the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. If you haven’t already done so then see the fountains outside the Bellagio. Because the Strip is four miles long you may want to take a taxi to/from Downtown Las Vegas.
5 ๐Ÿš—Las Vegas to Death Valley drive Dep: 09:30 Arr: 12:00 ๐ŸจCynthia’s (Book >) All hotels >
You may want to hide from the sun for a few more hours. When you’re ready to get going then drive on to Rainbow Canyon, Badwater Basin and Artists Drive. Hike Golden Canyon when the day starts to cool down. Death Valley was named by a group of pioneers who got lost here in 1849-50. All but one of them made it out.
6 ๐Ÿš—Death Valley to Sequoia National Park drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 13:00 ๐ŸจUpper Peppermint campground (Details >) All hotels >
Drive around the Sierra Nevada Mountains and in to Sequoia National Park. Walk through the Giant Forest and be entirely dwarfed by the immense General Sherman tree. ย It isn’t possible to reserve the campground, but other options are available nearby if full.
7 ๐Ÿš—Sequoia National Park to Yosemite drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 19:00 ๐ŸจNorth Pines campground
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All hostels >
En route to Yosemite stop off at King’s Canyon to see the sequoia trees in Redwood Canyon. Watch out for undertaking in the USA, which is perfectly legal here.
8 A full day to explore Yosemite Valley, including the Mist Trail, Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan, Vernal Falls, Yosemite Falls and Glacier Point. Book your accommodation for this USA itinerary a long way in advance.
9 ๐Ÿš—Yosemite to Lake Tahoe drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 16:00 ๐ŸจMellow Mountain Hostel
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The drive today is stupendous. You’ll start off in Yosemite, see magnificent forests and massive mountains, ending up on the shores of beautiful Lake Tahoe. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to stop along the way (actual journey is min 4.5hrs).
11 ๐Ÿš—Lake Tahoe to San Francisco drive Dep: 08:00 Arr: 16:30 ๐ŸจPacific Tradewinds Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Stop off in Napa Valley on the way to San Francisco (the timings above allow for roughly 4 hours in the valley). San Francisco can get cold even during the summer.
12-13 Explore PIER 39 and the Maritime National Park, looking out for sea lions as you go. Shop in Union Square, enjoy lunch in Chinatown then embark on a tour to Alcatraz, combined with a boat trip beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Tours for Alcatraz can book up weeks ahead and so try to reserve in advance.
13 โœˆSan Francisco to home (Book >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon (next day) Connect this USA (California and Nevada) itinerary with the Western Canada or Eastern USA itinerary
You’ll have most of today to get to any places you didn’t manage to see on days 11 and 12.

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