14 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

14 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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14 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: London
+3
Fly + bus + shuttle + Drive:  22​h 45​min
1
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Big Sur
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: London

2
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Take a break from the city and head to Manzanar National Historic Site and Mount Whitney Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Roaring River Falls and Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery. Step out of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to go to Independence and see Eastern California Museum, which is approximately 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip website .

London, UK to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight, bus, shuttle, and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight, train, bus, and car. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. While traveling from London, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Independence, Mount Whitney Trail
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Roaring River Falls ©
Roaring River Falls
Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery ©
Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery
Eastern California Museum ©
Eastern California Museum

1
night
Yosemite National Park

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.
On the 5th (Mon), stroll through May Lake Trailhead, then explore the striking landscape at Lembert Dome, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, then make a trip to Valley View, and then hike along Four Mile Trail.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park road trip planning site .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (32°C), and nights are much colder (7°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Trails, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Lembert Dome ©
Lembert Dome
May Lake Trailhead ©
May Lake Trailhead

2
nights
San Simeon

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): take a leisurely stroll along San Simeon Pier, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Jack Creek Celllars, learn about winemaking at Rotta Winery, then do a tasting at Graveyard Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Villa San Juliette Winery.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip builder site .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect San Simeon to be somewhat warmer, temps between 40°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Simeon

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Wineries

Side Trips

Templeton, San Miguel
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Rotta Winery ©
Rotta Winery

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Point Sur State Historic Park, then admire the majestic nature at Andrew Molera State Park, and then hike along Partington Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Marina State Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Big Sur itinerary website .

Getting from San Simeon to Big Sur by car takes about 4 hours. Expect cooler weather when traveling from San Simeon in August: highs in Big Sur hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Big Sur

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Marina State Beach, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Point Sur State Historic Park ©
Point Sur State Historic Park
Partington Cove ©
Partington Cove

3
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): have some family-friendly fun at The Roller Coaster, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Nelson Ghost Town, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and finally examine the collection at Pinball Hall of Fame. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, then get engrossed in the history at Clark County Heritage Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Titanic.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas visit planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Big Sur to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Big Sur in August, plan for warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 45°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Clark County Heritage Museum, Nelson Ghost Town
Highlights from your plan
Nelson Ghost Town ©
Nelson Ghost Town
Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas ©
Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas
Titanic ©
Titanic

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