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: Buenos Aires
Fly + Drive:  23​h 45​min
1
Cambria
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Las Vegas
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Buenos Aires

1
night
Cambria

Cambria ©
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). On the 16th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Rosa Catholic Church. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock, take in the exciting artwork at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, then stroll through Moonstone Beach, and finally take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cambria online trip planner .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Cambria is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Argentine Time (ART) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. While traveling from Buenos Aires, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Cambria, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon, Morro Rock
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

3
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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Carmel River State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Coast Gallery Big Sur. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Big Sur (McWay Falls, Pfeiffer State Beach, & more). And it doesn't end there: play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links, stroll through Point Lobos, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and take in the views from Bixby Bridge.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel tour website .

Traveling by car from Cambria to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Cambria, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Monterey, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yosemite, Tunnel View and Bridalveil Fall. Visiting Yosemite Falls and Bodie State Historic Park will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Yosemite National Park: Mono Lake Vista Point (in Lee Vining) and El Portal Market (in El Portal). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, cruise along Tioga Pass, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

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Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in May, plan for little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

El Portal Market, Mono Lake Vista Point, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, then take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, and finally explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, then steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, and finally don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip builder tool .

You can do a combination of bus and car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 6 hours. Expect a bit 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 Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Valley of Fire State Park. Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection and Shelby American Inc will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Las Vegas: Helicopter Tours (in Henderson) and Historic Route 66 Museum (in Kingman). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of The LINQ Promenade, browse the different shops at Fashion Show Mall, see the interesting displays at The Neon Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with Downtown Container Park.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas journey planning website .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in Las Vegas. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Historic Route 66 Museum, Valley of Fire State Park, Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection, Helicopter Tours
Highlights from your plan
Historic Route 66 Museum ©
Historic Route 66 Museum
Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection ©
The LINQ Promenade ©
The LINQ Promenade

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