28 days in Las Vegas & California Itinerary

28 days in Las Vegas & California Itinerary

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28 days in Las Vegas & California Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Bus:  5​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Bus:  2​h
5
Mammoth Lakes
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Lee Vining
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Lassen Volcanic National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Mendocino
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
9
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
10
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
11
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
12
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
13
Laguna Beach
— Few hours
+3
Bus + Train + Bus + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Chicago

2
nights
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 4th (Sat): examine the collection at Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas, get engrossed in the history at Titanic, and then enjoy some diversion at Battlefield Vegas. On the next day, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Las Vegas trip itinerary planning website .

Chicago to Las Vegas is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chicago to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in August, things will get a bit warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 101°F and lows about 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Battlefield Vegas ©
Battlefield Vegas
Madame Tussauds -  Las Vegas ©
Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas

2
nights
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 6th (Mon): explore the activities along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail and then explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon. Keep things going the next day: take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon and then explore the stunning scenery at Titus Canyon.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park day trip planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park takes 3.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Death Valley National Park when traveling from Las Vegas in August, with lows around 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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

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.
On the 8th (Wed), examine the collection at Eastern California Museum and then trek along Crescent Meadow Rd. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls and then trek along Zumwalt Meadow Trail.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park vacation maker website .

Explore your travel options from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park with the Route module. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Death Valley National Park in August; daily highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park reach 97°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Eastern California Museum
Highlights from your plan
Roaring River Falls ©
Roaring River Falls
Zumwalt Meadow Trail ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail
Eastern California Museum ©
Eastern California Museum

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.
Visiting Lembert Dome and May Lake Trailhead will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, stroll through Merced Grove, and don't miss a visit to Valley View.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online vacation planner .

Drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, things will get a bit cooler in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 82°F and lows about 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Lembert Dome ©
Lembert Dome
Merced Grove ©
Merced Grove

2
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Hot Creek Fish Hatchery and then hike along Crystal Lake trail. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Footloose Sports in Mammoth Lakes and then tee off at Sierra Star Golf Club.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Lakes trip itinerary planning site .

Take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes in 2 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Mammoth Lakes, with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Lee Vining.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Outdoors Parks Golf
Highlights from your plan
Footloose Sports in Mammoth Lakes ©
Footloose Sports in Mammoth Lakes

2
nights
Lee Vining

Lee Vining ©
Lee Vining is a census-designated place in Mono County, California, United States. You've now added Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve to your itinerary. On the 20th (Mon), witness a stunning natural landmark at Travertine Hot Spring and then take in the dramatic natural features at Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at June Lake Loop and then contemplate the waterfront views at Gull Lake.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lee Vining tour planning app .

Explore your travel options from Mammoth Lakes to Lee Vining with the Route module. In August, daily temperatures in Lee Vining can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. On the 22nd (Wed), you're off toMendocino.

Things to do in Lee Vining

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

June Lake Loop, Travertine Hot Spring, Gull Lake
Highlights from your plan
Travertine Hot Spring ©
Travertine Hot Spring
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©
June Lake Loop ©
June Lake Loop

2
nights
Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park ©
In Lassen Volcanic National Park, steaming volcanic mountains give way to alpine meadows filled with wildflowers and pristine mountain lakes.
Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Devastated Area Interpretive Trail and then admire the sheer force of Mill Creek Falls.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Lassen Volcanic National Park online trip maker .

Drive from Lee Vining to Lassen Volcanic National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mendocino.

Things to do in Lassen Volcanic National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mill Creek Falls ©
Mill Creek Falls
Kings Creek Falls ©
Kings Creek Falls

3
nights
Mendocino

Mendocino ©
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the activities along Big River, immerse yourself in nature at Jug Handle State Reserve, and then grab your bike and head to Noyo Headlands Park. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Schooner Gulch State Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Mendocino journey planning app .

You can drive from Lassen Volcanic National Park to Mendocino in 5.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Mendocino can reach 92°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in Mendocino

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Point Arena, Noyo Headlands Park
Highlights from your plan
Big River ©
Big River
Jug Handle State Reserve ©
Jug Handle State Reserve
Schooner Gulch State Beach ©
Schooner Gulch State Beach

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): trek along Partington Cove, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and then admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. On the next day, admire the majestic nature at Andrew Molera State Park and then admire the majestic nature at Limekiln State Park.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Big Sur planner .

You can drive from Mendocino to Big Sur in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect colder weather when traveling from Mendocino in August: highs in Big Sur hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Carmel.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Andrew Molera State Park ©
Andrew Molera State Park
Limekiln State Park ©
Limekiln State Park
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Scenic Road Walkway and then play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Carmel online trip planner .

Getting from Big Sur to Carmel by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): look for gifts at Brown Butter Cookie Company, then do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, and then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bluff Trail and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sweet Springs Nature Preserve.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon online route planner .

Drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in August, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are little chillier, around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Los Osos, Brown Butter Cookie Company
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Bluff Trail
Bluff Trail
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): enjoy some music at Walt Disney Concert Hall, appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, and then take in the pleasant sights at 26-Mile Bike Path.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles day trip website .

Getting from San Simeon to Los Angeles by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from San Simeon in August, plan for warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 84°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

26-Mile Bike Path
Highlights from your plan
26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path
Walt Disney Concert Hall ©
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Venice Canals Walkway ©
Venice Canals Walkway

few
hours
Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach ©
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Laguna Beach online road trip planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Laguna Beach in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of tram and bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in August, and nighttime lows around 66°F. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Marine Mammal Center ©
Pacific Marine Mammal Center

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