25 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

25 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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25 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Mammoth Lakes
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
6
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ghirardelli Square. Kids will enjoy Fishing Charters & Tours and Japanese Tea Garden. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lincoln Park, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and look for gifts at City Lights Booksellers.

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London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. In June, daytime highs in San Francisco are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
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. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Carmel River State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Family-friendly places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Point Lobos will thrill your kids. When in Carmel, make a side trip to see McWay Falls in Big Sur, approximately 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Monterey Bay and take a stroll through Ocean Avenue.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Carmel trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June in Carmel, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Monterey, Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vernal Fall and El Capitan. Escape the urban bustle at Tuolumne Meadows and Glacier Point. Spend the 2nd (Tue) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, hike along Panorama Trail, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park driving holiday app .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. When traveling from Carmel in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

3
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Step off the beaten path and head to Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve and Mono Lake County Park. Visiting Mammoth Mountain and Devils Postpile National Monument will get you outdoors. Step out of Mammoth Lakes with an excursion to Tioga Rd in Lee Vining--about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: stop by Footloose Sports in Mammoth Lakes and take an in-depth tour of Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Mammoth Lakes route maker website .

Take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Mammoth Lakes are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Lee Vining
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Mountain ©
Mammoth Mountain
Devils Postpile National Monument ©
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Pope Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Baldwin Beach, and then stroll through Kiva Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, look for gifts at Grass Roots Natural Foods, and then kick back and relax at El Dorado Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Mammoth Lakes to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July in South Lake Tahoe, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine, explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, and then explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Ashford Mill Ruins, then explore the fascinating underground world of Titus Canyon, then explore the activities along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from South Lake Tahoe to Death Valley National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 45°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail ©
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail

2
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.
On the 12th (Fri), make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Keep things going the next day: discover the magic at Disney California Adventure Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles driving holiday website .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Death Valley National Park in July; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 33°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): stroll through Willow Beach, identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and then browse the different shops at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Spring Mountains Visitor Center and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Strip.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: highs in Las Vegas hover around 47°C, while lows dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Spring Mountains Visitor Center, Willow Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Dig This ©
Dig This
Willow Beach ©
Willow Beach

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