31 days in Las Vegas & West Coast Itinerary

31 days in Las Vegas & West Coast Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Las Vegas
— 9 nights
2
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
5
Mammoth Lakes
— 5 nights
6
Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
7
Portland
— 5 nights

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.
Get some cultural insight at The Strip and Counts Kustoms. Explore hidden gems such as The LINQ Promenade and Historic Route 66 Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Las Vegas: Willow Beach (in Fort Mohave), Mesquite (Wolf Creek Golf Club & Little Finland) and Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection (in Laughlin). The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah, examine the collection at Zak Bagans' The Haunted Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and identify plant and animal life at Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Las Vegas road trip planner.

Glasgow, UK to Las Vegas is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Glasgow to Las Vegas. Traveling from Glasgow in May, expect nights in Las Vegas to be somewhat warmer, around 20°C, while days are much warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Mesquite, Willow Beach, Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge, Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection, Spring Mountains Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mosaic Canyon and Darwin Falls. Escape the urban bustle at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and The Devil's Speedway. Take a break from Death Valley National Park with a short trip to Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum in Death Valley Junction, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek, and take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park travel route builder website.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Death Valley National Park when traveling from Las Vegas in May, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum
Highlights from your plan
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge ©
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.
On the 14th (Thu), do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and finally admire the majestic nature at Leffingwell Landing. On your second day here, learn about winemaking at Harmony Cellars, then hike along Bluff Trail, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Dollar Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon journey planner.

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, plan for a bit cooler nights in San Simeon, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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

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. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Carmel Mission and Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. Head to Ocean Avenue and Pezzini Farmsfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park & Pfeiffer State Beach) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Point Lobos, stroll through Lovers Point, admire the architecture and history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, and make a trip to The Shakespeare Society of America.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip itinerary builder.

Getting from San Simeon to Carmel by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Simeon in May: highs in Carmel hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time 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. You'll explore and learn at Ansel Adams Gallery and Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin. Visiting Mammoth Mountain and Valley View will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Mammoth Lakes side-trips: Yosemite National Park (Nevada Falls Loop, Taft Point, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Convict Lake, trek along Earthquake Fault, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Mammoth Brewing Company, and explore the striking landscape at Minaret Vista.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Lakes road trip planner.

You can fly from Carmel to Mammoth Lakes in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Carmel in May since evenings lows in Mammoth Lakes dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time 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. Get in touch with nature at Haystack Rock and Cannon Beach. The Lewis And Clark National And State Historical Parks and North Head Lighthouse will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Cannon Beach side-trips: Astoria Oregon Riverwalk (in Astoria) and Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area (in Pacific City). There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park, examine the collection at Seaside Inverted Experience, stop by The Wine Shack, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cannon Beach route planning website.

Getting from Mammoth Lakes to Cannon Beach by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Cannon Beach, with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Astoria, Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area, North Head Lighthouse, Seaside Inverted Experience
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum and Columbia River Highway. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mount Hood and Forest Park. Step out of Portland with an excursion to Silver Falls State Park in Drake Crossing--about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: stop by Powell's City of Books, take in nature's colorful creations at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, admire the majestic nature at Tryon Creek State Natural Area, and wander the streets of Alberta Street.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Portland trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Cannon Beach to Portland takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cannon Beach in May, expect nights in Portland to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hood River, Camassia Natural Area, Live Laugh Love Art, Silver Falls State Park, Columbia River Highway
Highlights from your plan
Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum ©
Mount Hood ©
Mount Hood
Silver Falls State Park ©
Silver Falls State Park

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