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: Dublin
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + subway + bus:  4​h 30​min
6
Napa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Dublin

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Guitar Center and then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): kick back and relax at Manhattan Beach, kick back and relax at Hermosa Beach Pier, and then get to know the fascinating history of El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles itinerary builder.

Dublin, Ireland to Los Angeles is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Dublin to Los Angeles, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Dublin in June, with highs in Los Angeles at 30°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach

2
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park and then stroll through La Jolla Cove. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool, then kick back and relax at Black's Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego vacation trip planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

2
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.
On the 6th (Wed), make a trip to The Strip, try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and then ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and then explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas vacation trip planner.

Getting from San Diego to Las Vegas by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Diego in June, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 45°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

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

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel custom trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Las Vegas to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in June; daily highs in Carmel reach 23°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Napa.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Bixby Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Bridalveil Fall, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and then take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, and then don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park itinerary planner.

Drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in June, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, around 5°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Napa.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

2
nights
Napa

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): savor the flavors at Food & Drink. On the next day, look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at V. Sattui.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Napa trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Napa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, Napa is a bit warmer at night with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Napa

Tours Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

V. Sattui Winery, Robert Mondavi Winery
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery
Oxbow Public Market ©
Oxbow Public Market

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 14th (Thu), buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and finally step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, and then kick back and relax at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip builder.

Traveling by car from Napa to San Francisco takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Napa in June, plan for a bit cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

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