21 days in Las Vegas & California Itinerary

21 days in Las Vegas & California Itinerary

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21 days in Las Vegas & California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: London

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Valley of Fire State Park and Willow Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Neon Museum and Titanic. Spend the 8th (Wed) riding across the waves with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Las Vegas Downtown, try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and examine the collection at Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Las Vegas route planning website .

London, UK to Las Vegas is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. When traveling from London in May, plan for warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 36°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Valley of Fire State Park, Willow Beach
Highlights from your plan
Willow Beach ©
Willow Beach
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park
Las Vegas Downtown ©
Las Vegas Downtown

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve and Point Reyes Lighthouse. Visit Big Basin Redwoods State Park and Half Moon Bay State Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Mori Point in Pacifica, about 30 minutes away.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for San Francisco using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. In May, San Francisco is a bit cooler than Las Vegas - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Point Reyes Lighthouse, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Mori Point, Half Moon Bay State Beach, Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Highlights from your plan
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Half Moon Bay State Beach ©
Half Moon Bay State Beach
Big Basin Redwoods State Park ©
Big Basin Redwoods State Park

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. To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Golf Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 14th (Tue), do a tasting at AronHill Vineyards and then look for all kinds of wild species at Piedras Blancas. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Jack Creek Celllars, learn about winemaking at Rotta Winery, then do a tasting at Ancient Peaks Winery, and finally hike along Point Buchon Trail.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon day trip planning site .

Getting from Carmel to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in May, you will find days in San Simeon are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Templeton, Point Buchon Trail, Ancient Peaks Winery
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Rotta Winery ©
Rotta Winery
AronHill Vineyards ©
AronHill Vineyards

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve and Crystal Cove. Get in touch with nature at Carpinteria State Beach and Manhattan Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: The Getty Villa (in Malibu) and Mission San Juan Capistrano (in San Juan Capistrano). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, see the interesting displays at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and take a stroll through Old Pasadena.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planner .

You can drive from San Simeon to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. When traveling from San Simeon in May, plan for little chillier days in Los Angeles, with highs around 28°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 17°C. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Carpinteria, The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Crystal Cove, Manhattan Beach
Highlights from your plan
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Old Town Temecula and Point Loma. Get in touch with nature at La Jolla Shores Park and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Step out of San Diego to go to Oceanside and see Oceanside Pier, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Old Point Loma Lighthouse, explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, and steep yourself in history at Mormon Battalion Historic Site.

To find out how to plan a trip to San Diego, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May in San Diego, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 19°C at night. On the 24th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Oceanside Pier, Old Town Temecula
Highlights from your plan
Mormon Battalion Historic Site ©
Mormon Battalion Historic Site
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery
Old Point Loma Lighthouse ©
Old Point Loma Lighthouse

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