16 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

16 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
4
San Simeon
— 2 nights
5
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
6
Las Vegas
— 3 nights

2
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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, thentake in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, thensteep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, and finally don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online sightseeing planner.

Geneva, Switzerland to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Geneva in May, San Francisco is a bit warmer at night with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bodie State Historic Park and Yosemite Valley Chapel. Visiting Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Mono Lake County Park in Lee Vining (about 50 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome.

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Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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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), enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, thenexplore the activities along Monterey Bay, and then kick back and relax at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach and then stroll through Carmel River State Beach.

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Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 15.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of °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 Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

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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, admire all the interesting features of Moonstone Beach Dr, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station, enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in May, you will find days in San Simeon are somewhat warmer (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): look and learn at Griffith Observatory, stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, thenstroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, thenengage your brain at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles vacation tool.

You can drive from San Simeon to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Simeon in May: highs in Los Angeles hover around °C, while lows dip to °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 Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive Museum
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Strip and The Mob Museum. Visiting Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Valley of Fire State Park will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Neon Museum, ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, and get engrossed in the history at Titanic.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °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
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area ©

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