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

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h
2
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles travel itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Los Angeles is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 9 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in April: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 28°C and lows are around 15°C. You'll set off for Las Vegas on the 19th (Fri).

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Tours

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to McCullough Hills Trail (in Henderson) and Valley of Fire State Park (in Overton). Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at Dig This, enjoy some diversion at Battlefield Vegas, examine the collection at Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas, and try your luck at Wynn Las Vegas.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas day trip site .

Getting from Los Angeles to Las Vegas by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Las Vegas can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Fun & Games Outdoors

Side Trips

McCullough Hills Trail, Valley of Fire State Park
Highlights from your plan
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park
Dig This ©
Dig This
Battlefield Vegas ©
Battlefield Vegas

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nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Artists Dr and Wildrose Peak Trail. When in Death Valley National Park, make a side trip to see Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Amargosa Valley, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine, and contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Death Valley National Park planner .

Drive from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Las Vegas in April since evenings lows in Death Valley National Park dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge ©

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night
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.
On the 26th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, tour or see a game at Shamel Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): hike along Pacific Valley Bluff Trail, explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Simeon online tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Death Valley National Park in April since evenings lows in San Simeon dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cambria, Pacific Valley Bluff Trail
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Shamel Park ©
Shamel Park

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nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore hidden gems such as McWay Falls and Carmel River State Beach. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Monterey Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, and immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Monterey visit planner.

Drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Simeon in April: highs in Monterey hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Big Sur, Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument, and then examine the collection at Cable Car Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco road trip tool .

Getting from Monterey to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in San Francisco are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Nature Parks

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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