12 days in West Coast & Las Vegas Itinerary

12 days in West Coast & Las Vegas Itinerary

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12 days in West Coast & Las Vegas Itinerary

Amsterdam
Fly:  13​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Drive:  13​h 30​min
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h
Amsterdam

2
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace, then contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, kick back and relax at China Beach, and then stroll through Fort Funston National Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Francisco online trip itinerary planner .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to San Francisco is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to San Francisco is minus 9 hours. In July, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park
China Beach
China Beach

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, then hike along Panorama Trail, and then explore the striking landscape at El Capitan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): trek along Tuolumne Meadows and then explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park day trip site .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

2
days
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Kings Canyon National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree, explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, and then see the interesting displays at Lone Pine Film History Museums.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park holiday planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by combination of bus and car takes about 13.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: highs are around 42°C and lows about 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Lone Pine Film History Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
General Sherman Tree ©
General Sherman Tree
Lone Pine Film History Museums
Lone Pine Film History Museums

2
days
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 29th (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at The Grand Canal Shoppes, admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and finally shop like a local with The Strip. Here are some ideas for day two: push the limits with an extreme tour, look for gifts at M&M'S World Las Vegas, and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Las Vegas online travel route planner .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, shuttle, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, expect nights in Las Vegas to be much warmer, around 31°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 46°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods
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The Strip ©
The Strip
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
days
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Disneyland Park. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): look for gifts at Bergamot Station, kick back and relax at Santa Monica Beach, and then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Santa Monica trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Las Vegas to Santa Monica in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and tram. When traveling from Las Vegas in July, plan for cooler days and little chillier nights in Santa Monica: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 20°C at night. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Theme Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Santa Monica Beach ©
Santa Monica Beach
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier

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