26 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

26 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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26 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Pescadero
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h
7
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
+2
taxi + bus + Fly:  23​h
End: Manchester

3
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.
We've included these beaches for you: La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and San Diego Zoo. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park, snap pictures at Coronado Bridge, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planner .

Manchester, UK to San Diego is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Manchester to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in August: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 30°C and lows are around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

5
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.
Shop till you drop at The Grove and Amoeba Music. Visiting Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica Mountains, & more) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, & more). There's more to do: look for gifts at Whimsic Alley.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles online road trip planner .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in August, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Pescadero.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

1
night
Pescadero

Pescadero ©
Pescadero is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Mateo County, California two miles (3 km) east of State Route 1 and Pescadero State Beach. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Ano Nuevo State Reserve, stop by Arcangeli Grocery Company, and then kick back and relax at Half Moon Bay State Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Pescadero itinerary builder website .

Explore your travel options from Los Angeles to Pescadero with the Route module. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect Pescadero to be a bit cooler, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Pescadero

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Half Moon Bay State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Ano Nuevo State Reserve ©
Ano Nuevo State Reserve
Half Moon Bay State Beach ©
Half Moon Bay State Beach
Arcangeli Grocery Company ©
Arcangeli Grocery Company

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): stop by The Cheese Shop, then trek along Point Lobos, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel tour itinerary tool .

Drive from Pescadero to Carmel in 2 hours. Traveling from Pescadero in August, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Marshall’s Beach. We've included these beaches for you: China Beach and Rockaway Beach. The adventure continues: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

Before you visit San Francisco, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in San Francisco are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Rockaway Beach, Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park
Baker Beach ©
Baker Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and then shop like a local with The Strip. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours and then explore the striking landscape of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip planner .

You can fly from San Francisco to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for much hotter days in Las Vegas, with highs around 45°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 29°C. On the 24th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tuolumne Meadows and Glacier Point. Spend the 29th (Thu) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, stroll through Lembert Dome, trek along Nevada Falls Loop, and get great views at Tunnel View.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip builder site .

You can drive from Las Vegas to Yosemite National Park in 9 hours. In August, Yosemite National Park is colder than Las Vegas - with highs of 32°C and lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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