18 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

18 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Manchester
Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Barstow
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  8 h
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Bus:  6 h 45 min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
6
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Avila Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
8
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Manchester

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park & Disneyland Park). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, and catch some excitement at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 14.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. 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) early enough to travel to Barstow.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 22:
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

1
night
Barstow

Barstow ©
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.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, 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

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Calico Ghost Town
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Calico Ghost Town ©
Calico Ghost Town
Rainbow Basin Natural Area ©
Rainbow Basin Natural Area
Outlets at Barstow ©
Outlets at Barstow

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.
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 traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, 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

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area ©
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
The Strip ©
The Strip

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nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
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, 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 traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, 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 catch the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park ©
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park

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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.
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 see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park tour planner.

Traveling by bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 7 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 drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 30:
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
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: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, stroll around Golden Gate Park, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and get curious at California Academy of Sciences.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for slightly colder 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 Museums Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 1:
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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night
Avila Beach

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 ratings, where to stay, 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 Wildlife Tours
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Speed Boats Tours

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nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): make an unforgettable trip to Downtown Disney, 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 traveler tips, photos, where to stay, 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

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Downtown Disney
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney
California Science Center ©
California Science Center

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