16 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

16 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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16 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Geneva
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Geneva

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 15th (Wed), steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, then contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, and finally snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip planner .

Geneva, Switzerland to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Geneva to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Geneva in May since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Bodega Dunes, V. Sattui Winery, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Bodie State Historic Park and Yosemite Valley Chapel. Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. Step out of Yosemite National Park with an excursion to Mono Lake County Park in Lee Vining--about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome.

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Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mono Lake County Park, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

2
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 21st (Tue), immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, and then explore and take pictures at Seventeen Mile Drive.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Carmel online trip builder .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 12°C in Carmel. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Monterey Bay, Pfeiffer State Beach, Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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 23rd (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station, then stroll through Piedras Blancas, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Simeon online vacation planner .

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in May, plan for a bit warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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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.
On the 25th (Sat), see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, then stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): examine the collection at The Getty Center, then admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then take an in-depth tour of La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles day trip website .

Drive from San Simeon to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from San Simeon, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive Museum

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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Mob Museum and The Neon Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Valley of Fire State Park and Titanic. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, examine the collection at Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas, and shop like a local with The Strip.

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You can fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in May: highs in Las Vegas hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

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

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