18 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

18 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour itinerary planner

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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive
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Barstow
— 1 night
Drive
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly to San Luis County Regional Airport, Drive to Avila Beach
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Avila Beach
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park & Disneyland Park). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles travel route planning website.

Manchester, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Manchester to Los Angeles. Traveling from Manchester in August, things will get a bit warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Barstow.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Barstow

— 1 night
Barstow is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): revel in the low prices at Outlets at Barstow, then make a trip to Barstow Station, then see a world frozen in time at Calico Ghost Town, and finally identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Basin Natural Area.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Barstow travel planning tool.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Barstow takes 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in August, with highs in Barstow at 46°C and lows at 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Barstow

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trip

Las Vegas

— 2 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 24th (Mon), enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Strip. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To find maps and more tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas planner.

Drive from Barstow to Las Vegas in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 45°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 2 nights

A Land of Giants

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 26th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail, then take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, and then trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Zumwalt Meadow Trail and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Las Vegas to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Las Vegas in August: high temperatures in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 41°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and then admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park tour planner.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Exploratorium, visit Fisherman's Wharf, and step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

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Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Avila Beach.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums · Historic Sites

Avila Beach

— 1 night
Avila Beach is an unincorporated community in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States, located on San Luis Obispo Bay about 160 miles (257 km) northwest of Los Angeles, and about 200 miles south of San Francisco. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): grab your bike and head to Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Avila Beach trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from San Francisco to Avila Beach. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect nights in Avila Beach to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Avila Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Trails
Highlights from your trip

Los Angeles

— 2 nights

City of Angels

Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): make an unforgettable trip to Downtown Disney District, stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Monica Bay. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at California Science Center and then enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Avila Beach to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Avila Beach in September, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

San Luis Obispo County travel guide

4.2
Wineries & Vineyards · Castles · Wildlife Areas
The Central Coast
Separated from major metropolitan areas, coastal San Luis Obispo County has preserved its rural character. It includes many small communities with a strong agricultural heritage, and preserves a sense of old California. Many visitors on holiday come here to browse the excellent farmers' markets or tour world-class vineyards. The county offers plentiful outdoor vacation ideas, with beaches, rolling hills, and the Santa Lucia mountain range nearby. You can also take side trips to the area's larger towns, with their historical downtown districts, shopping destinations, and museums.