22 days in Las Vegas & California Itinerary

22 days in Las Vegas & California Itinerary

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22 days in Las Vegas & California Itinerary

London
Fly:  14​h
Las Vegas
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
London

5
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 Gun Garage. Step out of Las Vegas to go to Boulder City and see Helicopter Tours, which is approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, shop like a local with The Strip, take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas, and take an in-depth tour of Titanic.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Las Vegas itinerary builder.

London, UK to Las Vegas is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to Las Vegas. Traveling from London in May, expect nights in Las Vegas to be a bit warmer, around 21°C, while days are warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Helicopter Tours, Valley of Fire State Park
Highlights from your plan
Valley of Fire State Park
Bellagio Fountains

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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Point Lobos State Reserve and Pfeiffer State Beach. Change things up with a short trip to McWay Falls in Big Sur (about 58 minutes away). There's lots more to do: stroll through Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, visit a coastal fixture at Point Pinos Lighthouse, and contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Carmel travel itinerary planner.

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. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Point Pinos Lighthouse
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Elephant Seal Rookery and Moonstone Beach. Explore San Simeon's surroundings by going to San Marcos Creek Vineyards & Winery (in Paso Robles) and Morro Bay (Morro Rock & Shell Shop Inc). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station, and take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon trip builder.

Drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Carmel in May: highs in San Simeon hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cambria, Morro Bay, San Marcos Creek Vineyards & Winery
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach
Morro Rock
Piedras Blancas

4
days
Yosemite National Park

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glacier Point and El Capitan. When in Yosemite National Park, make a side trip to see Stanislaus National Forest in Hathaway Pines, approximately 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get great views at Tunnel View, hike along Panorama Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wawona Meadow, and explore the activities along Gaylor Lake.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Yosemite National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from San Simeon in May, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Stanislaus National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point
Tunnel View
Vernal Fall

4
days
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Dedicate the 25th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip generator.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, San Francisco is a bit warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island

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