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School summer break - California and Nevada

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School summer break - California and Nevada

Hi - we are planning a mid year visit and wondering when the summer break generally starts and finishes. A 2+ week road trip mid year will definitely include Vegas and Yosemite and may head a bit east. Probably fly in to LA and out of SF or vice-versa

We can be a bit flexible on when to be away between late June and early September. Opinions on the best time to go are welcome :)

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1. Re: School summer break - California and Nevada

late June to early September really defines the summer break everywhere

If anything early Septembe might be best as some schools will have re-opened

June is nicer in Yosemite, as it has a chance of being greener and some waterfalls will still be visible. By September, major waterfalls are considerably reduced, it is much hotter, and there is a big risk of forest fires. Las Vegas is also beastly hot in September. June is hot too, but September is hotter.

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2. Re: School summer break - California and Nevada

Here in the USA there is not just one time for "summer break". Each town has their own school district and can make up the calendar any way they choose. Most of them have some time off starting sometime in June and or July and going back to class some time in August with most back by the week after our Labor Day Holiday this year on Sept 1.

Summer will be very hot in the desert(Las Vegas, Death Valley etc.)

How far east were you planning?

This is a great place to get general California info but if you are planning a multi state road trip then you might want to post on the road trips forum:


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3. Re: School summer break - California and Nevada

Yeah, the time window you've stated pretty much overlaps exactly with school summer breaks - generally early to mid June schools start letting out, and usually back in session by the Tuesday after Labor day which is the first Monday in September. Desert areas like Las Vegas will be hot at these times. If you can manage to come right after labor day (which is actually September 1 this year) I think that would be best - weather along the coast is fantastic at that time in Southern California and almost all kids back in school.

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