24 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

24 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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24 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h
7
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
End: San Francisco

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Explore hidden gems such as Muir Woods National Monument and Goat Rock Beach. Attractions like Exploratorium and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga), Bodega Dunes (in Bodega) and V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena). There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Francisco route builder app .

Manchester, 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 train, flight, and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Manchester to San Francisco. In August, San Francisco is a bit warmer than Manchester - with highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Bodega Dunes, Goat Rock Beach, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, V. Sattui Winery
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

4
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Get outdoors at Point Lobos and Natural Bridges State Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Carmel Mission. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sur (Hawthorne Gallery & Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Lovers Point, tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, and view the masterpieces at Carmel Art Association.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Carmel travel route planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. August in Carmel sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Big Sur, Monterey, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Natural Bridges State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

2
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Piedras Blancas Light Station and Hearst Ranch Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Elephant Seal Rookery and Avila Main Beach. Step out of Cambria to go to Oceano and see Pismo State Beach, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, and examine the collection at Morro Bay Skateboard Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cambria day trip planning app .

Getting from Carmel to Cambria by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in August, plan for much warmer days in Cambria, with highs around 40°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon, Morro Bay Skateboard Museum, Pismo State Beach, Avila Main Beach
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Pismo State Beach ©
Pismo State Beach

3
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santa Monica Mountains, and then get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Pacific Marine Mammal Center and then tour the water at your own pace with AllWater Charters & Boat Rentals.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Cambria to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Cambria in August, you will find days in Los Angeles are little chillier (34°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Wildlife Parks Transportation

Side Trips

Santa Monica, AllWater Charters & Boat Rentals, Pacific Marine Mammal Center
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Hollywood Walk of Fame ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame

2
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Shores Park and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Oceanside Pier.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego road trip planning app .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Oceanside Pier
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery
Point Loma ©
Point Loma

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Titanic and Pinball Hall of Fame. Museum-lovers will get to explore Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas and The Mob Museum. Go for a jaunt from Las Vegas to Fort Mohave to see Willow Beach about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, examine the collection at The Neon Museum, explore the world behind art at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, and enjoy some music at Bellagio Fountains.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas day trip planning website .

You can fly from San Diego to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 45°C by day to 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Willow Beach
Highlights from your plan
Titanic ©
Titanic
Madame Tussauds -  Las Vegas ©
Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas

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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 Tuolumne Meadows and Lembert Dome. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yosemite Falls and Lower Yosemite Fall Trail. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, stroll through Panorama Trail, make a trip to Yosemite Village, and take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Yosemite National Park takes 9 hours. Traveling from Las Vegas in August, things will get colder in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 32°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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