17 days in San Francisco, Santa Clara & Las Vegas Itinerary

17 days in San Francisco, Santa Clara & Las Vegas Itinerary

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17 days in San Francisco, Santa Clara & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Drive:  26​h
1
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Santa Clara
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Las Vegas
— 6 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
End: Calgary

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Golden Gate Bridge and City Lights Booksellers. Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and China Beach. Next up on the itinerary: engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and take a stroll through Union Square.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip planning website .

Calgary, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Calgary in August, San Francisco is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Santa Clara.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Presidio of San Francisco ©
Presidio of San Francisco

2
nights
Santa Clara

Santa Clara ©
Santa Clara is a city in Santa Clara County, California. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): admire the architecture and history at Mission Santa Clara de Asis, then deepen your understanding at Santa Clara University, then pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Peace Church, and finally get in on the family fun at California's Great America. Keep things going the next day: bet on your favorite at K1 Speed Santa Clara, examine the collection at 49ers Museum, walk around Central Park, look for gifts at Westfield Valley Fair Shopping Center, then shop like a local with Vino Artist, and finally browse the collection at Central Park Library.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Clara road trip planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Santa Clara in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in August, you will find days in Santa Clara are a bit warmer (31°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Santa Clara

Theme Parks Parks Museums
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California's Great America ©
California's Great America
Mission Santa Clara de Asis ©
Mission Santa Clara de Asis
Our Lady of Peace Church ©
Our Lady of Peace Church

6
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.
Popular historic sites such as The Strip and Little Church of the West are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Las Vegas: Valley of Fire State Park (in Overton), Willow Beach (in Fort Mohave) and Hoover Dam (in Boulder City). There's much more to do: ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, examine the collection at The Mob Museum, have some family-friendly fun at The Roller Coaster, and browse the different shops at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Las Vegas trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Santa Clara to Las Vegas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from Santa Clara, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 45°C to lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Fun & Games Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Henderson, Valley of Fire State Park, Willow Beach, Hoover Dam, Lake Mead National Recreation Area
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The Strip ©
The Strip
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park

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