29 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

29 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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29 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Mendocino
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Cambria
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Drive:  8​h
6
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
10
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and The Embarcadero. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Union Square.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to San Francisco is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. In April, San Francisco is a bit warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Mendocino.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Union Square ©
Union Square
The Embarcadero ©
The Embarcadero

2
nights
Mendocino

Mendocino ©
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum, identify plant and animal life at Point Arena - Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument, then shop like a local with Highlight Gallery, and finally stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Big River, then contemplate the long history of Ford House Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Jug Handle State Reserve.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mendocino trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Mendocino takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Mendocino, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Mendocino

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Point Arena
Highlights from your plan
Jug Handle State Reserve ©
Jug Handle State Reserve
Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum ©
Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum
Ford House Museum ©
Ford House Museum

1
night
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). On the 27th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, then learn about winemaking at Moonstone Cellars, and finally view the masterpieces at artifacts gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Cambria Nursery & Florist, take in the exciting artwork at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and finally kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas.

For ratings and more tourist information, go to the Cambria sightseeing planning tool .

Drive from Mendocino to Cambria in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Mendocino in April, you will find days in Cambria are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

San Simeon
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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. Attractions like Point Lobos and Natural Bridges State Beach make great kid-friendly stops. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Cheese Shop and Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Ocean Avenue, play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Carmel trip planner.

Drive from Cambria to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cambria in April: highs in Carmel hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Natural Bridges State Beach, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

2
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.
On the 2nd (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome, and then look for gifts at Yosemite Museum Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Tunnel View, take in the views from Pohono Bridge, then view the masterpieces at Ansel Adams Gallery, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip maker .

Drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car. Expect slightly colder evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Carmel in May, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, then steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, and then explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek, then contemplate the waterfront views at Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, then take in breathtaking views at Titus Canyon, and finally make a trip to Ashford Mill Ruins.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail ©
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail

3
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then revel in the low prices at Camarillo Premium Outlets, and finally make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles itinerary planning tool .

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 taxi, bus, and flight. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Camarillo Premium Outlets, Running Horse Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Running Horse Ranch ©
Running Horse Ranch
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Camarillo Premium Outlets ©
Camarillo Premium Outlets

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Mormon Battalion Historic Site. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, then explore the striking landscape at Point Loma, and then stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 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. You will leave for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park on the 12th (Sun).

Things to do in San Diego

Historic Sites Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Oceanside Pier
Highlights from your plan
Point Loma ©
Point Loma
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery
Mormon Battalion Historic Site ©
Mormon Battalion Historic Site

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.
On the 12th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Roaring River Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Mt. Whitney, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Whitney Trail, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of Western Film History.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary site .

You can fly from San Diego to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from San Diego in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with highs around 34°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 15°C. On the 15th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Lone Pine
Highlights from your plan
Roaring River Falls ©
Roaring River Falls
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Big Stump Basin ©
Big Stump Basin

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 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through The LINQ Promenade, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, and finally admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Las Vegas trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 8 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in Las Vegas. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trips

Spring Mountains Visitor Center, Spring Mountains National Recreational Area
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The LINQ Promenade ©
The LINQ Promenade

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