21 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

21 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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21 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  7​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
3
Big Sur
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
4
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
car:  6​h 30​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
car:  4​h 30​min
7
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
8
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Washington DC

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Muir Woods National Monument and Safari West. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga--about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

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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 June, with highs in San Francisco at 71°F and lows at 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

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

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmel Mission, admire the landmark architecture of San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at China Cove and Gibson Beach.

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Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in June, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel Mission ©
Carmel Mission

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at Point Sur State Historic Park and then admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Big Sur road trip site .

Big Sur is just a short distance from Carmel. In June, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Monterey.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls
Point Sur State Historic Park ©
Point Sur State Historic Park

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Doc Rickett's Pacific Biological Laboratories as well as Monterey Bay Aquarium. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium, contemplate the long history of Doc Rickett's Pacific Biological Laboratories, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay. Keep things going the next day: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Monterey road trip planning site .

Getting from Big Sur to Monterey by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In June, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Monterey

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the activities along Cascade Falls Trail, then immerse yourself in nature at D.L. Bliss State Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe trip planner.

You can drive from Monterey to South Lake Tahoe in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Monterey in June, plan for a bit warmer days in South Lake Tahoe, with highs around 77°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Nature Parks Trails

Side Trips

Lake Tahoe (California), Cascade Falls Trail
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
D.L. Bliss State Park ©
D.L. Bliss 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 discover tucked-away gems like Vernal Fall and Glacier Point. Get outdoors at Tuolumne Meadows and Nevada Falls Loop. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, trek along Yosemite Valley Loop Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail, and stroll through May Lake Trailhead.

For more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder website .

You can take a bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. June in Yosemite National Park sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, then cruise along Generals Hwy, and finally contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Whitney Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls.

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You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June: high temperatures in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 94°F and lows are around 62°F. On the 18th (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

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Mount Whitney Trail
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 19th (Wed), explore the activities along Badwater Basin, then take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works and then explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Death Valley National Park when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June, with lows around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) 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
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works

3
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 20th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Spring Mountains Visitor Center, shop like a local with The Strip, then admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, and finally examine the collection at Pinball Hall of Fame.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas holiday planner .

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 June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 77°F in Las Vegas. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Spring Mountains Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
Counts Kustoms ©
Counts Kustoms
The Strip ©
The Strip

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