18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Las Vegas
1
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
2
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Sonora
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Mariposa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Cambria
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
End: Los Angeles

4
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.
Visiting Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Lake Mead National Recreation Area will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, make a trip to Paris Las Vegas, catch a live performance at Casino at the MGM Grand, and examine the collection at The Mob Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas travel planner .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are McCarran International Airport and Laughlin Bullhead International Airport. In May in Las Vegas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 20°C at night. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Francisco.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Find places to stay May 20 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
Bellagio Hotel and Casino ©
Bellagio Hotel and Casino

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Fishing Charters & Tours and Fort Funston National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Safari West (in Santa Rosa) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, admire the natural beauty at San Francisco Botanical Garden, immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands, and get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Francisco holiday planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in May; daily highs in San Francisco reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Safari West, Marin Headlands, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Find places to stay May 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Sonora

Sonora ©
Sonora is the county seat of Tuolumne County, California. On the 28th (Thu), admire the majestic nature at Columbia State Historic Park.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sonora driving holiday planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Sonora by car takes about 2.5 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Sonora, with highs around 28°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Fri) before leaving for Mariposa.

Things to do in Sonora

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Columbia
Find places to stay May 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Columbia State Historic Park ©
Columbia State Historic Park
Columbia Candy Kitchen ©
Columbia Candy Kitchen

2
nights
Mariposa

Mariposa ©
Set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Mariposa prides itself on its friendly small-town feel and Old West heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): make a trip to Yosemite Village and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally get great views at Washburn Point.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Mariposa trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Sonora to Mariposa takes 1.5 hours. In May, Mariposa is somewhat warmer than Sonora - with highs of 33°C and lows of 14°C. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Monterey.

Things to do in Mariposa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Find places to stay May 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

1
night
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 31st (Sun), explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Monterey itinerary tool .

You can drive from Mariposa to Monterey in 3 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Mariposa in May: highs in Monterey hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 12°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Cambria.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 1:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe ©
Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe

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). Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): steep yourself in history at Nitt Witt Ridge, then trek along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and finally cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cambria online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Cambria takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. While traveling from Monterey, expect much hotter days and about the same nights in Cambria, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Tue) before leaving for Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Cambria

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 2:
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Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Nitt Witt Ridge ©
Nitt Witt Ridge

1
night
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 2nd (Tue), don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, take a stroll through State Street Underpass, look for all kinds of wild species at Santa Barbara Orchid Estate, then identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve, and finally walk around Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara route builder site.

Drive from Cambria to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Cambria in June: highs in Santa Barbara hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Wed) before leaving for Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Santa Barbara Orchid Estate ©
Santa Barbara Orchid Estate
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Douglas Family Preserve ©
Douglas Family Preserve

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.
Visiting Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Oak Canyon Nature Center will get you outdoors. Santa Monica Pier and Venice Canals Walkway will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point) and Santa Monica (Shotgun House & Santa Monica Mountains). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, admire the landmark architecture of Bradbury Building, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and explore the world behind art at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita.

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Drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in June: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 30°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Oak Canyon Nature Center
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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