15 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

15 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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15 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Cincinnati
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Cincinnati

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 1st (Sat): stop by Amoeba Music and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Will Rogers State Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles day trip planner .

Cincinnati to Los Angeles is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Cincinnati to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica State Beach
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Glacier Point. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Expect slightly colder evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Los Angeles in June, with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

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Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Marketfor plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, enjoy the sand and surf at Baker Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Ghirardelli Square, and wander the streets of Union Square.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco holiday builder app .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (71°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (55°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Carmel.

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Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

1
night
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 12th (Wed): kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel visit planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): try to win big at Casino at the Venetian, then don't miss a visit to The Strip, and then listen to music at Bellagio Fountains. Keep things going the next day: browse the different shops at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and then explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Carmel to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Carmel in June, expect Las Vegas to be much warmer, temps between 103°F and 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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The Strip ©
The Strip
Bellagio Hotel and Casino ©
Bellagio Hotel and Casino

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