15 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

15 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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15 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

London
Fly:  15​h
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
San Simeon
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Carmel
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h
London

2
days
Los Angeles

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, then stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Monica Bay.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Los Angeles sightseeing planner.

London, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. In July, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Beach
Third Street Promenade
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

3
days
San Simeon

When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Escape the urban bustle at Moonstone Beach and William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. Head to Sebastian General Store and Shell Shop Incfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from San Simeon: Paso Robles (Kiler Ridge Olive Farm & Pasolivo Olive Oil) and Morro Rock (in Morro Bay). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, stroll through Piedras Blancas, and look for gifts at Red Moose Cookie Company.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Simeon travel planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Simeon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: highs in San Simeon hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Morro Bay, Paso Robles, Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas
Morro Rock

3
days
Carmel

Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. You'll get in some beach time at Pfeiffer State Beach and Asilomar State Beach. Get in touch with nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Big Sur (Partington Cove & McWay Falls). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Monterey Bay, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, take in the pleasant sights at Ocean Avenue, and look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from San Simeon in July, you will find days in Carmel are a bit warmer (23°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve
Pfeiffer State Beach

4
days
Las Vegas

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Get outdoors at Valley of Fire State Park and Photography Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Las Vegas North Premium Outlets and Las Vegas South Premium Outlets. Step out of Las Vegas to go to Boulder City and see Helicopter Tours, which is approximately 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, make a trip to Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, look for gifts at Rick's Restorations, and browse for treasures at Gold & Silver Pawn Shop.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Carmel to Las Vegas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Carmel in July; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 46°C and lows reach 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Tours Parks

Side Trips

Valley of Fire State Park, Helicopter Tours
Highlights from your plan
Las Vegas North Premium Outlets
Valley of Fire State Park
Forum Shops at Caesars Palace

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