21 days in California, Las Vegas & Boulder City Itinerary

21 days in California, Las Vegas & Boulder City Itinerary

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21 days in California, Las Vegas & Boulder City Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Merced
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Tulare
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Boulder City
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Anaheim
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
8
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h
End: Sydney

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Exploratorium and Japanese Tea Garden. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, and walk around Crissy Field.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online itinerary planner .

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to San Francisco. In July, San Francisco is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Merced.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

2
nights
Merced

Merced ©
Merced is a city in, and the county seat of, Merced County in the San Joaquin Valley of Central California. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Yosemite, get engrossed in the history at Merced County Courthouse Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Merced National Wildlife Refuge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Mariposa Museum and History Center and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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You can drive from San Francisco to Merced in 2.5 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for much warmer days in Merced, with highs around 42°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 20°C. On the 15th (Mon), you'll travel to Tulare.

Things to do in Merced

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Mariposa Museum and History Center
Highlights from your plan
Merced National Wildlife Refuge ©
Merced National Wildlife Refuge
River Rafting & Tubing
Lake Yosemite ©
Lake Yosemite

1
night
Tulare

Tulare ©
Tulare is a city in Tulare County, California. On the 15th (Mon), explore the engaging exhibits at ImagineU Children's Museum and then revel in the low prices at Tulare Outlet Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sequoia National Park.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tulare trip site .

Traveling by car from Merced to Tulare takes 2 hours. July in Tulare sees daily highs of 43°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Tulare

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Visalia
Highlights from your plan
Sequoia National Park ©
Sequoia National Park
ImagineU Children's Museum ©
ImagineU Children's Museum
Tulare Outlet Center ©
Tulare Outlet Center

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 17th (Wed): explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then make a trip to Fountains of Bellagio, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from High Roller. On your second day here, have some family-friendly fun at The Roller Coaster and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Las Vegas road trip site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tulare to Las Vegas. Traveling from Tulare in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 47°C and lows about 32°C. On the 18th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Boulder City.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Roller Coaster ©
The Roller Coaster

2
nights
Boulder City

Boulder City ©
A desert town with an interesting history, Boulder City was created by the United States government in 1931 to provide housing for workers building the Hoover Dam, a famous Depression-era project.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. On your second day here, get interesting insight from Tours, then take in the views from Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, and then admire the engineering at Hoover Dam.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Boulder City tour planning site .

Getting from Las Vegas to Boulder City by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 46°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Anaheim.

Things to do in Boulder City

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Hoover Dam ©
Hoover Dam
Lake Mead National Recreation Area ©
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

5
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!. When in Anaheim, make a side trip to see Dolphin & Whale Watching in Dana Point, approximately 40 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 22nd (Mon) at Disney California Adventure Park. Pack the 24th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Knott's Berry Farm. There's more to do: discover the magic at Downtown Disney and catch some excitement at Star Wars Launch Bay.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Anaheim day trip planning app .

Getting from Boulder City to Anaheim by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Boulder City in July, things will get a bit cooler in Anaheim: highs are around 35°C and lows about 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Knott's Berry Farm, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney

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 25th (Thu), engage your brain at Camera Obscura, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, then admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, and finally take in the pleasant sights at 26-Mile Bike Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): get in on the family fun at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

For maps and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica driving holiday app .

You can drive from Anaheim to Santa Monica in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and tram. When traveling from Anaheim in July, 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 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Six Flags Magic Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Six Flags Magic Mountain ©
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): stroll around Golden Gate Park, delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, and then get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps. Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at Oracle Park and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Twin Peaks.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco tour planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Santa Monica to San Francisco takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Monica in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in San Francisco, with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Golden Gate Park ©
Golden Gate Park

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