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

Bournemouth
Fly:  23​h
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 4 nights
subway + Fly + train:  15​h 45​min
Bournemouth

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Valley of Fire State Park and Wynn Las Vegas. Head to The Strip and Las Vegas North Premium Outletsfor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, enjoy some diversion at Battlefield Vegas, try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and stop by M&M'S World Las Vegas.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip itinerary maker.

Bournemouth, UK to Las Vegas is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bournemouth to Las Vegas is minus 8 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Bournemouth in July, with highs in Las Vegas at 46°C and lows at 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trip

Valley of Fire State Park
Highlights from your plan
The Strip
Valley of Fire State Park

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. Step out of the city life by going to Point Lobos State Reserve and Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Pfeiffer State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Big Sur (McWay Falls & Partington Cove). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Monterey Bay, stop by The Cheese Shop, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Carmel vacation planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Las Vegas to Carmel in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Las Vegas in July, things will get colder in Carmel: highs are around 23°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trips

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Friends of Hearst Castle, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Simeon travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Carmel in July, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 17°C. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Wildlife Areas

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas
Friends of Hearst Castle

4
days
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Castello di Amorosa. Take a break from the city and head to Muir Woods National Monument and Angel Island State Park. The adventure continues: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market, and have fun and explore at The Exploratorium.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip builder.

Getting from San Simeon to San Francisco by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Sightseeing

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument
Castello di Amorosa

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