14 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

14 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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14 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Madrid
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
St. Helena
— 1 night
drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 2 nights
7
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Madrid


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2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 12th (Sun), take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker tool .

Madrid, Spain to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Madrid to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Madrid in May, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to St. Helena.

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Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
St. Helena

The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour and then learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the St. Helena trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in May: highs in St. Helena hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

Balloon Rides, Robert Mondavi Winery
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Balloon Rides
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then stroll through Panorama Trail, and then explore the activities along Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip maker app .

Do a combination of bus, subway, flight, and car from St. Helena to Yosemite National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, subway, and taxi. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from St. Helena in May; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 21°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail ©
Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and finally admire the architecture and history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Carmel visit planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Carmel when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, with lows around 12°C. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carmel

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cannery Row, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

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.
For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Carmel to Los Angeles by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Carmel in May, with highs in Los Angeles at 28°C and lows at 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Sun) before leaving for San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): browse the exhibits of Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House, then stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, and then take a leisurely stroll along Embarcadero. On your second day here, kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary app .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Beaches
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

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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.
Step out of Las Vegas with an excursion to Hoover Dam in Boulder City--about 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: shop like a local with The Strip, admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip planner .

Fly from San Diego to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in May, you will find days in Las Vegas are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
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The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck ©
Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck

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