18 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

18 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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18 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Cleveland
Fly:  7​h
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Anaheim
— 6 nights
Drive:  7​h
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Bus:  5​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Bus:  2​h
5
Mammoth Lakes
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Cleveland

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.
Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Trapeze School New York, Los Angeles in Santa Monica, about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and see some familiar sights at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles road trip planner.

Cleveland to Los Angeles is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Cleveland to Los Angeles, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cleveland in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood
Highlights from your plan
TCL Chinese Theatres ©
TCL Chinese Theatres
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Have a day of magic on the 10th (Fri) at Disney California Adventure Park. Have a day of magic on the 11th (Sat) at Disneyland Park. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Anaheim Packing District.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Anaheim driving holiday planning tool .

Anaheim is very close to Los Angeles. In May, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 60°F. You will leave for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park on the 15th (Wed).

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Anaheim Packing District ©
Anaheim Packing District

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night
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.
To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Anaheim to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. Traveling from Anaheim in May, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are a bit warmer (84°F), and nights are slightly colder (55°F). On the 16th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall and then get great views at Tunnel View.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip builder app .

You can take a bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in May, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around 34°F, while days are slightly colder, around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

2
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): hit the slopes at Mammoth Mountain. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Convict Lake, then cruise along Tioga Rd, and then identify plant and animal life at Mono Lake County Park.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Lakes trip itinerary builder website .

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Mammoth Lakes can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. You will leave for Las Vegas on the 20th (Mon).

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Lee Vining
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Mountain ©
Mammoth Mountain
Tioga Rd
Tioga Rd
Mono Lake County Park ©
Mono Lake County Park

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): admire the engineering at Hoover Dam, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and then admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Las Vegas online trip builder .

You can fly from Mammoth Lakes to Las Vegas in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in May, things will get much warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 87°F and lows about 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip
Hoover Dam ©
Hoover Dam

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