15 days in Las Vegas & California Itinerary

15 days in Las Vegas & California Itinerary

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15 days in Las Vegas & California Itinerary

Newcastle upon Tyne
Fly:  19​h 15​min
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h
Newcastle upon Tyne

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Las Vegas Downtown and Pahrump Valley Winery. Step out of the city life by going to Valley of Fire State Park and Photography Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Las Vegas side-trips: Helicopter Tours (in Boulder City) and Sanders Family Winery (in Pahrump). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Titanic, examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas, and try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas custom trip planner.

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK to Las Vegas is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne in August; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 45°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Tours Sightseeing Wineries

Side Trips

Pahrump, Valley of Fire State Park, Helicopter Tours
Highlights from your plan
Helicopter Tours
Valley of Fire State Park
Wynn Las Vegas

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. Get in touch with nature at Point Lobos State Reserve and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Relax by the water at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Big Sur (Partington Cove & McWay Falls). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, learn about winemaking at Pierce Ranch Vineyards, immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, and stop by The Cheese Shop.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Carmel itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Las Vegas to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Las Vegas in August: high temperatures in Carmel hover around 24°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trips

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

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.
Get outdoors at Elephant Seal Rookery and Moonstone Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Piedras Blancas and Morro Rock. When in San Simeon, make a side trip to see AronHill Vineyards in Templeton, approximately 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll through William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, see the interesting displays at Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary), do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery Tasting Room, and explore the historical opulence of Friends of Hearst Castle.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Carmel, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Wildlife

Side Trips

AronHill Vineyards, Morro Rock, Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas
Morro Rock

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Castello di Amorosa and Twin Peaks. Relax by the water at San Gregorio State Beach and Stinson Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley (about 42 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay and see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from San Simeon in August, you will find days in San Francisco are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, San Gregorio State Beach, Muir Woods National Monument, Stinson Beach
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument
Castello di Amorosa
Twin Peaks

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