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

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

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

Chicago
Fly:  7​h
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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
— 1 night
Fly:  21​h 30​min
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Los Angeles

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 Walk of Fame, Hollywood Sign and Griffith Observatory. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): look and learn at Griffith Observatory, then take a stroll through Hollywood Hills, and then don't miss a visit to Hollywood Sign.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles online itinerary creator.

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 to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In September, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than Chicago - with highs of 86°F and lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Third Street Promenade
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Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): admire the sheer force of McWay Falls and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Big Sur trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Los Angeles to Big Sur by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, things will get a bit cooler in Big Sur: highs are around 69°F and lows about 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Twin Peaks, stroll through China Beach, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and finally take a stroll through Chinatown.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Francisco vacation trip planner.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to San Francisco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Beaches
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Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
China Beach
China Beach
Chinatown ©
Chinatown

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Yosemite National Park

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 9th (Sat): 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 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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Death Valley National Park

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 10th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Las Vegas.
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Dante's View ©
Dante's View

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Las Vegas

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 11th (Mon), 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 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Nature Historic Sites
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The Strip ©
The Strip
Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains

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Grand Canyon National Park

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 12th (Tue): 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 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): Head underground at Bronson Caves.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles itinerary maker.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles in 7.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September: highs in Los Angeles hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 66°F. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier
Bronson Caves
Bronson Caves

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