We are organizing our USA itinerary, we have a fortnight at our disposal and only one certainty: return air tickets point in one direction only: Las Vegas!
Ok, we have a certainty, we will arrive in the "City of Sin", we will spend the night there one or two nights and then we will return there after about 2 weeks to take the plane ... but we still have a problem: how to fill the remaining time ? What to do in the remaining days?
This is the dilemma in which a friend found herself, who together with some companions booked the flight and then, being faced with the infinite possibilities of planning a trip to the USA, wrote to me asking me for some advice. Hence the inspiration for this post, designed not only for her, but also for all those who want to make a good one tour Las Vegas e California. Even starting from different cities (for example Los Angeles or San Francisco) the itinerary is in fact easily adaptable.
The tour is published in three parts. Let's start with the first one (Days 1-5).
- Days 1 and 2: Las Vegas and California tour. Departure.
- Days 3, 4 and 5: Between two natural parks… the old west!
Days 1 and 2: Las Vegas and California tour. Departure.
Arrived at Las Vegas, our goal can only be one: la Strip, the famous street where the most extravagant hotels and casinos in the world are encamped side by side. The best time to visit the Strip is in the evening, which is why it might be need to secure a room for 2 nights (You will hardly enjoy the Sin City nightlife after 12 hours on the plane!).
All accommodations available in Las Vegas
What to do in Las Vegas is soon said: stroll along the South Boulevard, play casinos, go to the shows organized in the hotels and eat well! Each hotel offers (for a fee of course) its own buffet and some are really of high quality!
Days 3, 4 and 5: Between two natural parks… the old west!
After the metropolitan kitsch of Las Vegas it's time for some nature. We continue our tour in California. Two California natural parks await us: Death Valley National Park e Yosemite National Park, interspersed with a gem that comes directly from the Old West!
DAY 3: The first park, Death Valley, is only 2 hours away from Las Vegas. Before going into the valley of death, some advice on its attractions and on how to visit the park may be useful. You can find everything you need in the post How to visit Death Valley: 7 wonders not to be missed.
We spend the night in the park (booking early) or in a nearby city and leave the next day. Let's get ready because the most demanding two days of this itinerary awaits us, but I assure you that you will not be disappointed.
All accommodations available in and around Death Valley
DAY 4: On the morning of the fourth day, let's get up early (yes, it's also on vacation ...) and continue north, along the border with Nevada. Our goal is Bodie, a perfectly preserved western city, the most fascinating of those that can be visited in the USA. The journey to get to bodie from the Death Valley it is quite long (4/5 hours) and the western town generally closes at 18:00 (here are the times on the website), so we leave in time or we will get lost the ghost town.
From Bodie we go back and reach Mammoth Lakes (an hour of travel, also an opportunity to admire the monkey lake, if we missed it on the way out), a town nestled in the mountains that we will use to sleep and as a base to leave the next day (even if it deserves a more detailed visit ...).
All accommodations available in Mammoth Lakes
DAY 5: Our destination is now San Francisco and the best way to reach it is only one: drive through Yosemite National Park and admire its beautiful Dolomite landscapes.
We pay attention to don't be fooled by satellite navigators: if we are in Mammoth Lakes and write San Francisco as the ultimate destination, they will make us go around Yosemite, addressing us, among other things, on an equally long road (remember that Yosemite is paid, being a national park). From Mammoth Lakes to San Francisco we have a nice 6-hour journey ahead.
All accommodations available near Yosemite
Here we are at the end of this first part of the itinerary. In the second part we will leave from San Francisco to then move on to Santa Barbara. Don't miss it! I remind you that to stay informed about blog updates you can use the your favorite social network or feeds, a simple and practical way to not miss the new content! In the meantime, let me know what you think. Have you been to these places? Did you like them?
Second part of the Santa Barbara-San Francisco itinerary