10 days in California, Nevada & Arizona Itinerary

10 days in California, Nevada & Arizona Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
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Carmel
— 1 night
Fly
3
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to Newark

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San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Anchor Brewing Company and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and finally stop by Chinatown.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco road trip planning website.

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Francisco. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in November: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 64°F and lows are around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Carmel

— 1 night
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 22nd (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, stroll through Carmel River State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel holiday planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

San Diego

— 2 nights

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
On the 23rd (Mon), see some colorful creatures with Trident Divers, then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, and then kick back and relax at Children's Pool. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Lions, Tigers & Bears and then identify plant and animal life at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip planning tool.

You can fly from Carmel to San Diego in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in November: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 73°F and lows are around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Las Vegas

— 2 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 25th (Wed), try your luck at Paris Las Vegas, get to know the fascinating history of The Strip, and then see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and then explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip planner.

Getting from San Diego to Las Vegas by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November, Las Vegas is a bit cooler than San Diego - with highs of 68°F and lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Grand Canyon National Park

— 3 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail and then take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point. On the next day, explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, hike along South Kaibab Trail, and then hit the best photo ops around with Buck Wild Grand Canyon Hummer Tours.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 54°F to lows of 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

Nevada travel guide

4.3
Performances · Fountains · Casinos
The Silver State
The neon streets of Las Vegas represent only one chapter in the story of Nevada, a sparsely populated state offering travelers a chance to discover the country's western frontier. Utterly unlike the more populated parts of the North American continent, Nevada's landscape includes huge deserts where you can easily leave modern civilization behind and enjoy a tranquil vacation. For a taste of untamed Nevada, explore the network of paved and unpaved roads leading to some of the world's most rugged and desolate natural wonders. If trying to make a fortune is high on your itinerary, remember that in the first state to legalize gambling, a slot machine is never too far away. Even gas stations and small motels in the largely deserted rural areas offer some form of gambling to the passing traveler.

Arizona travel guide

4.3
Canyons · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.