24 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

24 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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24 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  7​h
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Sacramento
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  7​h
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
6
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Cima
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
11
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
12
Santa Maria
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
13
Big Sur
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Alcatraz Island as well as Golden Gate Bridge. Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary maker website .

Washington DC to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Washington DC in May, with highs in San Francisco at 69°F and lows at 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sacramento.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

1
night
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Old Sacramento. On the 13th (Wed), examine the collection at Old Sacramento.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sacramento online travel route planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Sacramento by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Francisco in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sacramento, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Old Sacramento ©
Old Sacramento

2
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sacramento in May, with highs in South Lake Tahoe at 63°F and lows at 35°F. On the 15th (Fri), you're off toYosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Tours

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias as well as Yosemite Falls. On the 15th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park vacation website .

You can take a bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Yosemite National Park can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

2
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Grant Grove as well as Giant Forest.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park day trip planning site .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by bus takes about 7 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are somewhat warmer (84°F), and nights are much hotter (55°F). On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Racetrack, Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes and Badwater Basin. On the next day, admire nature's extreme beauty at The Racetrack.

To see ratings and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 7 hours. May in Death Valley National Park sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
The Racetrack ©
The Racetrack
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes ©
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hoover Dam Bypass as well as Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas tour planning tool .

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in May, Las Vegas is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 64°F. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cima.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hoover Dam Bypass ©
Hoover Dam Bypass

2
nights
Cima

Cima ©
Cima is a small unincorporated community in the Mojave Desert of San Bernardino County, California, in the United States. You've now added Mojave National Preserve to your itinerary.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cima travel planner.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Cima takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Las Vegas to Cima, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. May in Cima sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Cima

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trip

Mojave National Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Mojave National Preserve ©
Mojave National Preserve

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night
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
You've now added Wonderland of Rocks to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Wonderland of Rocks.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Joshua Tree National Park online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Cima to Joshua Tree National Park takes 2.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cima in May, with highs in Joshua Tree National Park at 87°F and lows at 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Wonderland of Rocks ©
Wonderland of Rocks

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Hollyhock House, Hollywood Sign, TCL Chinese Theatres, and other attractions.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Los Angeles using our trip planner.

Getting from Joshua Tree National Park to Los Angeles by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in May: highs in Los Angeles hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites Museums Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

2
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Santa Monica State Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier and then immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Santa Monica trip itinerary tool .

Santa Monica is just a short distance from Los Angeles. In May, daytime highs in Santa Monica are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. On the 30th (Sat), you'll travel to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Beaches Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

1
night
Santa Maria

Santa Maria
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Santa Maria trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Santa Maria takes 3 hours. Traveling from Santa Monica in May, expect little chillier with lows of 50°F in Santa Maria. On the 31st (Sun), you'll travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Outdoors Tours Wineries

3
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pfeiffer State Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Big Sur online attractions planner .

Getting from Santa Maria to Big Sur by car takes about 4 hours. When traveling from Santa Maria in May, plan for little chillier days in Big Sur, with highs around 65°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. On the 3rd (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Big Sur

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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