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San Francisco to Las Vegas

Take in the breathtaking scenery along this route between San Francisco and Las Vegas.

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San Francisco to Las Vegas

There are so many ways to combine a driving holiday in California with the glitzy city of Las Vegas.  This is just one and takes in a stop in Death Valley as well as the magnificent Tioga Pass through Yosemite.

Day 1: San Francisco
Day 4: Monterey
Day 5: Big Sur Coast Highway
Day 6: San Luis Obispo North Coast Byway
Day 7: Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park
Day 8: Yosemite
Day 10: Death Valley
Day 11: Las Vegas

Description

Description

There are so many ways to combine a driving holiday in California with the glitzy city of Las Vegas.  This is just one and takes in a stop in Death Valley as well as the magnificent Tioga Pass through Yosemite. 

Day 1: San Francisco
Fly to San Francisco, the beautiful ‘City on the Bay’. Spend at least 3 nights here with time to relax after your flights and enjoy this wonderful city. Ride the cable cars from Union Square to Fisherman’s Wharf, take a cruise around the harbour, visit Alcatraz, museums, art galleries, Chinatown, Grace Cathedral, Lombard Street – the famous crooked street….
San Francisco 3 nights

Day 4: Monterey
This morning pick up your hire car and head south out of the city along the Pacific Coast Highway. First stop Monterey, a fascinating town with a lively Fisherman’s Wharf – home to the acclaimed Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row (made famous by John Steinbeck). The famous 17-mile drive from Monterey to Carmel winds through pine forests and along the rocky shoreline where many bird species and sea lions may be viewed.
Monterey 1 night

Day 5: Big Sur Coast Highway
This spectacular route, south of Carmel and Monterey, hugs the Californian coast and provides wonderful hiking and photo opportunities. Rugged Canyons, towering redwood and cypress trees, crashing surf and diverse marine life. The road then drops down into San Simeon – on the approach to San Simeon, stop off at the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Colony, then perhaps take time to visit Hearst Castle, a magnificent house built on a mountainside by the newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst.
San Simeon 1 night

Day 6: San Luis Obispo North Coast Byway
Along this short stretch of the coastal highway, in addition to scenic ocean views, you will enjoy many historical and cultural sites before arriving in San Luis Obispo. With its lively down town area, centred around the Mission, this make the perfect place for an overnight stop.

Day 7: Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park
Start your journey east to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, which form the backbone of California. Here you will find yourself in the company of giants – from General Sherman Tree, the biggest tree in the world to Mount Whitney, the highest mountain in the lower 48 states.

Day 8: Yosemite
On to Yosemite, quite simply breathtaking – from the magnificent granite domes and spires, to thundering waterfalls, to stunning meadows carpeted with a wonderful array of wild flowers, this is a hiker’s paradise.
Yosemite 2 nights

Day 10: Death Valley
Drive up through the Tioga Pass to the eastern Sierras (this pass is usually closed from October through to June – if you travel at another time an alternative, longer route will be planned).
Death Valley 1 night

Day 11: Las Vegas
Continue to Las Vegas to spend a few days at the end of your holiday.

More time? – then continue your adventure taking time to explore some of the amazing National Parks of the West including Zion, Bryce and the Grand Canyon…

Las Vegas - Death Valley

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Las Vegas - Yosemite Dear

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Las Vegas - Yosemite Falls

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Las Vegas - Yosemite Half Dome

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Little Gems

Little Gems

Yosemite National Park is a true gem and should not be missed.  If you can spare the time to stay another night (or possibly two), you won’t be disappointed.

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