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: London
Fly:  14​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: London

2
nights
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 1st (Thu): enjoy some diversion at RocketBoat and then contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace, then enjoy the sand and surf at Marshall’s Beach, and then kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip planning app .

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. In August in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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.
Get outdoors at Nature Center at Happy Isles and Glacier Point. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, make a trip to Yosemite Village, contemplate the waterfront views at Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail, and take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park day trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Trails, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Nevada Falls Loop ©
Nevada Falls Loop

2
nights
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 8th (Thu): stroll through Moro Rock, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then cruise along Generals Hwy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a peaceful walk through Grant Grove and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, with highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park at 41°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Grant Grove ©
Grant Grove

2
nights
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.
On the 10th (Sat), get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, then enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, and then make a trip to Santa Monica Pier. Keep things going the next day: stop by Bergamot Station and then take in the awesome beauty at Santa Monica Mountains.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Santa Monica trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Santa Monica in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of car, shuttle, bus, and flight. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Santa Monica: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Santa Monica

#Nature, #Parks, #Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains

2
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 12th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then browse the different shops at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, and then listen to music at Bellagio Fountains.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas online trip planner .

You can drive from Santa Monica to Las Vegas in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Santa Monica in August: highs in Las Vegas hover around 45°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

#Shopping, #Parks, #Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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