San Francisco, Las Vegas and LA in 7 days...

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1. Posted by sarahlux (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y Star this if you like it! this feasible?

I wanted to spend a couple of days in each city and hire a car to drive between. I will fly into SF and out of LA in June. I am tight on schedule but can add perhaps 2 more days if that seems too tight.

And what is the best route? I was thinking of going across Death Valley (yes i know it will be hot) and then down to San Diego and up the coast to LA but will that be too ambitious? Is there any good route sites (like in the UK) that i can use for the states?

Any suggestions welcomed!



2. Posted by SFtoLA (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I would say yes its feasible but it might not be enjoyable. I've never done the drive from Vegas to LA but it would take half a day, and from LA to SF is a day (most of anyway). I would cut out San Diego if I were you and instead maybe add a day in Santa Barbara on your way up to SF, that way you still get the beautiful beach town but it isn't out of the way. As for doing Las Vegas in just 2 or 3 days, thats fine. LA and SF you will really have to pick and choose what to do. Hope that helps, sounds like a fun trip!

3. Posted by jadeverell (Respected Member 255 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


As SFtoLA says above, it is do-able but you could quite easily spend 7 days in one of those cities as there is so much to do. Personally, I would cut out LA, as its more realistic to visit 2 of the cities you have listed and San Fran and Las Vegas are ALOT better in my opinion.
You also have to take into account driving times. I got the grey hound between SF - LA, which took more o less a full day, and between LA and Las Vegas which was about 6 hours. Have you thought about getting a cheap flight, if your budget will allow for such luxuries?

We also did San Diego, which is also a great place to visit. But to cover such a vast distance in 7 days, you wont have time to breath, never mind enjoy yourself.

If you can do 3 days in San Fran, visit Alcatraz/ Pier 39 (One Day), Do the Full bike ride over the golden gate bridge and into the pine forest (approx 6-7 hrs, but a great experience) and maybe take into the sights and sounds the city has to offer.
Las Vegas is sooo much fun, 2 days is probably enough here, as its pretty expensive. Check out a bar called Shadow Bar in Caesar’s Palace.
.....and then taking into account driving time, maybe pop down to San Diego for a few days if you have time. Make sure you visit Sea world and/or San Diego Zoo and try and get over to the beach, which is truly stunning.

Only a few ideas, send me a message if you would like any more info.

Hope it helps


4. Posted by way2goeh (Full Member 159 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

7 days is enough. I would go from SF to reno then down to Vegas to la. Reno or lake tahoe is fantastic. Las Vegas is ok for two days.. Free alcohol but money flies quickly in the casinos. Do the dam tour. LA is good for a few days. San Diego or Santa BArbara is good for a day visit.

From SF to Reno, take I-80 (4 hour drive)
From Reno to Vegas Highway 395 ( no clue how long )
Vegas to LA I-15 (4 hours)
LA to Santa Barabara is highway 101 (1,5h)
LA to SD is I-5 (2h)

If you had to choose from SB or SD, santa barbara would be my choice.

San fran to LA is 6 hours, this i know becuase I have driven it so many times.

[ Edit: Edited on 03-Mar-2009, at 21:34 by way2goeh ]

5. Posted by sarahlux (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for all the advice guys!

6. Posted by nvbirdman (Budding Member 42 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Reno to Las Vegas is NOT hwy 395. Hwy 395 takes you from Reno to Los Angeles.
From Reno you would take Interstate 80 to where it intersects with state hwy 95. Hwy 95 takes you all the way into Las Vegas.
I live on hwy 95.

7. Posted by way2goeh (Full Member 159 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

nvbirdman is correct. I got my highway numbers mixed up.

8. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2007 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

It is possible to take highway 395 from Reno to Las Vegas if you get off on Highway 190 and cut through Death Valley, then connect through Pahrump into Las Vegas. This is a much more scenic route than taking Highway 95--although you need to have enough gas (and be prepared for EXTREMELY hot weather in Death Valley--the hottest spot on the planet during the summer months).