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: Washington DC
Fly:  9​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  5​h 30​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
car:  3​h 30​min
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
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Washington DC

3
nights
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 Chinatown as well as SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Step out of San Francisco to go to Mill Valley and see Muir Woods National Monument, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip planning 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. Traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in June, expect San Francisco to be a bit cooler, temps between 71°F and 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

1
night
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 6th (Thu), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Monterey trip planning app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Monterey

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
On the 7th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Lakeside Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiva Beach. On the next day, explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park and then explore the activities along Cascade Falls Trail.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe journey builder tool .

Traveling by car from Monterey to South Lake Tahoe takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from Monterey, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in South Lake Tahoe, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 41°F. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Sun) before leaving for Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Cascade Falls Trail, Emerald Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tuolumne Meadows and Glacier Point. Explore hidden gems such as Vernal Fall and Yosemite Falls. The adventure continues: hike along Four Mile Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

You can plan Yosemite National Park trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can take a bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore and take pictures at Generals Hwy, then take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, and then stroll through Moro Rock. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls and then admire the sheer force of Roaring River Falls.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip tool .

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, with highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park at 94°F and lows at 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Roaring River Falls ©
Roaring River Falls
Grizzly Falls ©
Grizzly Falls

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Devil's Golf Course has been added to your itinerary. On the 14th (Fri), take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, then contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine, then take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June since evenings lows in Death Valley National Park dip to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon
Devil's Golf Course ©
Devil's Golf Course
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works

4
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.
Grand Adventures Tours has been added to your itinerary. Visiting Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Lake Mead National Recreation Area will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Las Vegas online holiday builder .

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Death Valley National Park in June since evenings lows in Las Vegas dip to 77°F. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Grand Adventures Tours ©
Grand Adventures Tours
The Strip ©
The Strip

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