13 days in California, Las Vegas & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

13 days in California, Las Vegas & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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13 days in California, Las Vegas & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

Chicago
Fly:  7​h
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Big Sur
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 30​min
Death Valley National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
Helsinki

1
day
Los Angeles

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hollywood Sign. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Monica Bay, then take a stroll through Hollywood Hills, and finally don't miss a visit to Hollywood Sign.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles custom trip planner.

Chicago to Los Angeles is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in September, things will get a bit warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 86°F and lows about 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Sightseeing Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Third Street Promenade
Highlights from your plan
Hollywood Sign
Third Street Promenade

1
day
Big Sur

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 6th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Point Sur State Historic Park, and then snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Big Sur trip generator.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Los Angeles to Big Sur in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in September; daily highs in Big Sur reach 69°F and lows reach 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Big Sur

Sightseeing Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Point Sur State Historic Park
Pfeiffer State Beach
Bixby Bridge

1
day
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 7th (Thu), take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge and then take a stroll through SoMa (South of Market Street).

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip generator.

Getting from Big Sur to San Francisco by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Sightseeing Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge
SoMa (South of Market Street)

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park custom trip planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from San Francisco in September since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome

few
hours
Death Valley National Park

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park itinerary maker.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 96°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Sightseeing
Highlights from your plan
Dante's View

1
day
Las Vegas

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 10th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, try to win big at The Mirage, then admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, and finally shop like a local with The Strip.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas custom trip planner.

Take a bus from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 72°F in Las Vegas. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Sightseeing Shopping Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Strip
Bellagio Fountains

1
day
Grand Canyon National Park

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): add some entertainment to your itinerary with Hopi House, then contemplate the long history of Hermit's Rest, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally get great views at Mather Point.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Las Vegas in September, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are little chillier (75°F), and nights are cooler (43°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Nature Sightseeing Parks
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim
Hopi House
Hermit's Rest

4
days
Los Angeles

Visit Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Beach for some beach relaxation. Do some cultural sightseeing at Griffith Observatory and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disneyland Park about 38 minutes away. See some other sides of Los Angeles: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, shop like a local with Abbot Kinney Boulevard, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and examine the collection at The Hollywood Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles travel itinerary creator.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles in 7.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, expect nights in Los Angeles to be warmer, around 66°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 86°F. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Sightseeing Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Beach

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