31 days in Las Vegas & West Coast Itinerary

31 days in Las Vegas & West Coast Itinerary

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31 days in Las Vegas & West Coast Itinerary

Start: Glasgow
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Las Vegas
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Mammoth Lakes
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + tram + bus:  8​h
6
Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Portland
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Glasgow

9
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Helicopter Tours. Get some cultural insight at The Strip and Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Las Vegas: Willow Beach (in Fort Mohave), Mesquite (Wolf Creek Golf Club & Little Finland) and Historic Route 66 Museum (in Kingman). There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah, identify plant and animal life at Escape Adventures and Las Vegas Cyclery, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and see the interesting displays at Zak Bagans' The Haunted Museum.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas day trip website .

Glasgow, UK to Las Vegas is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Glasgow to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Glasgow in May, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Mesquite, Spring Mountains Visitor Center, Mojave Desert, Grapevine Mesa Joshua Trees, Historic Route 66 Museum
Highlights from your plan
Historic Route 66 Museum ©
Historic Route 66 Museum
The Strip ©
The Strip

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Get a sense of the local culture at Harmony Borax Works and Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mosaic Canyon and Darwin Falls. Step out of Death Valley National Park to go to Amargosa Valley and see Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek, and explore the striking landscape at The Devil's Speedway.

Before you visit Death Valley National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in Death Valley National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge ©
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Darwin Falls ©
Darwin Falls

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 14th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and finally admire the majestic nature at Leffingwell Landing. On the next day, do a tasting at Harmony Cellars, then hike along Bluff Trail, and then kick back and relax at Sand Dollar Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Simeon road trip site .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in May, San Simeon is a bit cooler at night with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, Sand Dollar Beach, Harmony Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Sand Dollar Beach ©
Sand Dollar Beach

3
nights
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 discover tucked-away gems like Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. Head to Ocean Avenue and Pezzini Farmsfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing) and Pfeiffer State Beach (in Big Sur). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point, take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmel Mission, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and take in the history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel online trip maker .

Drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Moss Landing, Pacific Grove, Pezzini Farms
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

5
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Ansel Adams Gallery and Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mammoth Mountain and Convict Lake. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, hike along Nevada Falls Loop, grab your bike and head to Mammoth Mountain Bike Park, and stroll through Panorama Trail.

For reviews and tourist information, read Mammoth Lakes trip builder website .

You can fly from Carmel to Mammoth Lakes in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Carmel in May, Mammoth Lakes is little chillier at night with lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Mountain ©
Mammoth Mountain
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

2
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Haystack Rock and The Lewis And Clark National And State Historical Parks. Visit Cannon Beach and Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Astoria Oregon Riverwalk (in Astoria) and North Head Lighthouse (in Ilwaco). There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, examine the collection at Seaside Inverted Experience, and look for gifts at The Wine Shack.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cannon Beach trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Mammoth Lakes to Cannon Beach in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Cannon Beach, with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Portland.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Astoria, North Head Lighthouse, Seaside Inverted Experience, Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area
Highlights from your plan
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park

5
nights
Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Popular historic sites such as Columbia River Highway and Northwest (Nob Hill) are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum and Oregon Historical Society. Venture out of the city with trips to Mount Hood (in Hood River) and Silver Falls State Park (in Silverton). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Willamette Valley, look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, trek along Forest Park, and admire the natural beauty at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Portland trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Cannon Beach to Portland by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Cannon Beach, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Portland, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hood River, Columbia River Highway, Camassia Natural Area, Live Laugh Love Art, Silver Falls State Park
Highlights from your plan
Mount Hood ©
Mount Hood
Columbia River Highway ©
Columbia River Highway