16 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

16 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Drive to Cambria
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Cambria
— 1 night
Drive
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Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Las Vegas
— 5 nights
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Cambria

— 1 night
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Rosa Catholic Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock, take in the exciting artwork at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas, then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and finally explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cambria travel route planning app.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Cambria is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 5 hours. When traveling from Buenos Aires in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Cambria, with highs around 32°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel

— 3 nights
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. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Coast Gallery Big Sur. You'll get in some beach time at Carmel River State Beach and Asilomar State Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Carmel side-trips: Big Sur (McWay Falls, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Cambria to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. When traveling from Cambria in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
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 discover tucked-away gems like Yosemite, Tunnel View and Yosemite Falls. Step out of the city life by going to Bridalveil Fall and Glacier Point. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yosemite National Park: Bodie State Historic Park (in Bridgeport) and Mono Lake Vista Point (in Lee Vining). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, browse the eclectic array of goods at El Portal Market, and explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park road trip planner.

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Carmel in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 24th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, then explore the activities along Badwater Basin, then cruise along Artists Dr, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Palette. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, then steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, and finally make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To find out how to plan a trip to Death Valley National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Las Vegas

— 5 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection and Counts Kustoms will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Valley of Fire State Park and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Explore Las Vegas' surroundings by going to Historic Route 66 Museum (in Kingman) and Helicopter Tours (in Henderson). There's much more to do: take a stroll through The LINQ Promenade, get a taste of the local shopping with Downtown Container Park, get your game on at VR Adventures, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip planner.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in May, Las Vegas is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums · Shopping · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.