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
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
San Jose
— 2 nights
+3
train + bus + Fly + Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Drive:  8​h
4
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
6
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Manchester

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bodega Dunes and Goat Rock Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Muir Woods National Monument. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Bean Hollow State Beach (in Pescadero) and Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga). And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, stroll through Marshall’s Beach, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco online trip maker .

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. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Manchester to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In July in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Bean Hollow State Beach, Bodega Dunes, Muir Woods National Monument, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

2
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Mission Peak Regional Preserve and then look for all kinds of wild species at Coyote Hills Regional Park. On your second day here, stroll through Seacliff State Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at New Brighton State Beach.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose online tour planner .

Drive from San Francisco to San Jose in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in San Jose to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mission Peak Regional Preserve, Seacliff State Beach, New Brighton State Beach
Highlights from your plan
New Brighton State Beach ©
New Brighton State Beach
Seacliff State Beach ©
Seacliff State Beach
Mission Peak Regional Preserve ©
Mission Peak Regional Preserve

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yosemite Falls and Lembert Dome. Take a break from the city and head to Tuolumne Meadows and Sentinel Dome. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, trek along Four Mile Trail, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from San Jose to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, subway, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, subway, and taxi. Traveling from San Jose in July, Yosemite National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): play a few rounds at Furnace Creek Golf Course, then don't miss a visit to Ashford Mill Ruins, and then explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Death Valley National Park vacation planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be warmer, around 26°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 45°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Golf Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Ashford Mill Ruins ©
Ashford Mill Ruins

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tehachapi Mountain Park and Pacific Marine Mammal Center. For shopping fun, head to Amoeba Music or Citadel Outlets. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Canine Creek Dog Wash & Pet Boutique (in Tehachapi), Irvine Spectrum Center (in Irvine) and Buy Hand (in Laguna Beach). And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, identify plant and animal life at Running Horse Ranch, and look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles online vacation planner .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, with highs in Los Angeles at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Tehachapi, Laguna Beach, Irvine Spectrum Center, Running Horse Ranch
Highlights from your plan
The Grove ©
The Grove
Running Horse Ranch ©
Running Horse Ranch
LA Farmers' Market ©
LA Farmers' Market

1
night
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.
To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Santa Monica driving holiday planner.

Santa Monica is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. When traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for little chillier days in Santa Monica, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. On the 4th (Sun), you're off toSan Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Tours

4
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.
Visit La Jolla Shores Park and La Jolla Cove for some beach relaxation. For shopping fun, head to Gaslamp Quarter or Seaport Village. Venture out of the city with trips to Carlsbad (Carlsbad Premium Outlets & South Carlsbad State Beach). There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, stroll through Children's Pool, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Diego day trip app .

Drive from Santa Monica to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August in San Diego, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Carlsbad
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

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 7th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Spring Mountains Visitor Center, then try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with The Strip.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas day trip website .

You can fly from San Diego to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in August: highs in Las Vegas hover around 45°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Spring Mountains Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Bellagio Hotel and Casino ©
Bellagio Hotel and Casino
Lake Mead National Recreation Area ©

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