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Las Vegas to San Francisco Road Trip

The best things to see and do between Las Vegas and San Francisco

  • 16
  • 14:02
  • 685 mi
  • $108
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Created by Roadtrippers - July 22nd 2016

From Sin City to the Golden City! Leave behind the neon lights and desert heat of Las Vegas for the ocean breezes and bridge views of the Bay Area and make your way to San Francisco! Along the way, you'll pass by all kinds of roadside oddities, scenic parks, good eats, gorgeous wineries, and tons more to make the drive up to SF worth the road trip!

7mi 00h 14m

4925 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV, US

Pinball Hall of Fame

31mi 00h 33m
Photo of Goodsprings, NV

310 Spring St Goodsprings, Goodsprings, NV, US

Goodsprings, NV


Goodsprings, Nevada is a town that's basically the dead opposite of Las Vegas. There's nothing glitzy or glamorous here... just a few cinder block buildings housing gritty, no frills watering holes and a few other essential businesses. It would be an actual ghost town, if not for the General Store and the Pioneer Saloon, a drinking establishment that's been boozing up locals since the days when miners occupied the place. You can see bullet holes from a card game gone very wrong, and this is the bar where Clark Gable drowned his grief in liquor after finding out about the death of his wife. This place is loaded with history.

19mi 00h 23m
Photo of Bonnie and Clydes Death Car

31900 S. Las Vegas Blvd, Primm, NV, US

Bonnie and Clydes Death Car

49mi 00h 50m
Photo of Alien Fresh Jerky

72242 Baker Boulevard, Baker, CA, US

Alien Fresh Jerky

55mi 00h 58m
Photo of Calico Ghost Town

36600 Ghost Town Road, Yermo, CA, US

Calico Ghost Town


Part real-life ghost town, part kitschy tourist trap, all fun. Calico is an authentic Wild West mining settlement, but has been fixed up quite a bit, with new buildings added, to make it more of an attraction than a bona fide historic site... it's a cute little stop with loads to see and do. You can even camp out here!

99mi 01h 48m

310 South Green Street, Tehachapi, CA, US

Tomo-Kahni State Historical Park

55mi 01h 05m

1930 R St, Bakersfield, CA, US

Bakersfield Museum of Art

62mi 01h 09m
Photo of Last Place James Dean Stopped

17191 Hwy 46, Lost Hills, CA, US

Last Place James Dean Stopped


Pop culture junkies: this one's for you. Famed actor and total hunk James Dean stopped at this little gas station in the tiny town of Blackwell's Corner for quick refreshments before fatally crashing his beloved Porsche 550 Spyder on his way to a race. Eerie foreshadowing and the whole "live fast, die young" tragedy of Dean's life, as well as his mysteriously charismatic persona and popularity have kept the little gas station alive as a pilgrimage of sorts for Dean fans. There's a little tribute to him, and the little station has a retro vibe and memorabilia to browse.

109mi 01h 58m
Photo of Mercey Hot Springs

62964 Little Panoche Rd, Firebaugh, CA, US

Mercey Hot Springs

60mi 01h 34m
Photo of Hilmar Cheese Company

9001 Lander Ave, Hilmar, CA, US

Hilmar Cheese Company


Seriously, why would you not want to tour a cheese factory? Hilmar Cheese Company has a visitor center and offers factory tours where you can learn about dairy farms, cheesemaking, cows, and tons more. During summers they even do ice cream factory tours! Plus, there's a cafe (with a gloriously cheese-centric menu) and a gift shop where you can stock up on essential souvenirs and road trip snacks.

37mi 00h 45m
Photo of Caswell Memorial State Park

28000 South Austin Rd., Ripon, CA, US

Caswell Memorial State Park

37mi 01h 06m

5455 Greenville Rd, Livermore, CA, US

Bent Creek Winery

35mi 00h 49m

8252 Earhart Rd, Oakland, CA, US

Oakland Aviation Museum

6mi 00h 20m

707 W Hornet Ave, Alameda, CA, US

USS Hornet Museum & Officer's Club


You'll know you're getting close to the Pacific (and your final destination, San Francisco) when you start to see ships and boats. The USS Hornet is an aircraft carrier that served in WWII and on the Apollo 11 mission (a manned space expedition!) It's moored on the San Francisco Bay near Alameda and serves as a massive, floating museum.

15mi 00h 31m

Of course, even though the road trip from Vegas to San Francisco was exciting, once you reach your destination, the adventure is only just beginning. Whether you want to explore Chinatown, Haight Ashbury, Golden Gate Park, or the entire Bay area, there's so much culture and history in SF that that's a guide unto itself!


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