20 days in West Coast & Las Vegas Itinerary

20 days in West Coast & Las Vegas Itinerary

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20 days in West Coast & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
drive:  3​h 30​min
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
Fresno
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 1 night
End: San Francisco

4
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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Family-friendly places like Exploratorium and Baker Beach will thrill your kids. Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Montara State Beach in Montara--about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park, don't miss a visit to Nob Hill, and get to know the fascinating history of The Embarcadero.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online trip itinerary builder .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. In March, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

1
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South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in South Lake Tahoe, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of -2°C. On the 2nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

#Wildlife, #Nature, #Parks
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Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park

1
night
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.
To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park takes 3.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Nature, #Parks, #Museums
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El Capitan ©
El Capitan

1
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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
On the 4th (Wed), stroll through Natural Bridges State Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Santa Cruz trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Santa Cruz takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, with highs in Santa Cruz at 22°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

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#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach

1
night
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 5th (Thu), don't miss a visit to State Street and then admire the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Santa Barbara driving holiday app .

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Santa Barbara takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train. In April in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

#Scenic Drive, #Shopping, #Outdoors
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Santa Barbara Museum of Art ©
Santa Barbara Museum of Art

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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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and The Grove. Attractions like The Getty Center and Venice Beach and Boardwalk make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Bergamot Station (in Santa Monica) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, look for gifts at The Last Bookstore, and hunt for treasures at Melrose Trading Post.

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Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in April, expect Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Theme Parks, #Shopping, #Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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.
On the 9th (Mon), admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo and then pause for some photo ops at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip website .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, you will find days in San Diego are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). On the 10th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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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 11th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum and then immerse yourself in nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas route planning tool .

Getting from San Diego to Las Vegas by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in April, you will find days in Las Vegas are a bit warmer (31°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Fresno.

Things to do in Las Vegas

#Parks, #Shopping, #Nature

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Lake Mead National Recreation Area
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The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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nights
Fresno

Fresno ©
On the 13th (Fri), meet the residents at Fresno Chaffee Zoo and then savor the flavors at Bravo Farms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): hike along General Grant Tree Trail and then take a peaceful walk through Grant Grove.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Fresno trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Las Vegas to Fresno in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Las Vegas in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Fresno, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fresno

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Golf

Side Trips

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, Bravo Farms, Ridge Creek Golf Course
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Fresno Chaffee Zoo ©
Fresno Chaffee Zoo
Bravo Farms ©
Bravo Farms
Grant Grove ©
Grant Grove

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco route planning site .

Traveling by car from Fresno to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Fresno in April: highs in San Francisco hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Shopping
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Civic Center ©
Civic Center

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