10 days in West Coast, Grand Canyon National Park & Las Vegas Itinerary

10 days in West Coast, Grand Canyon National Park & Las Vegas Itinerary

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10 days in West Coast, Grand Canyon National Park & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: San Francisco

3
nights
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 inner history buff will appreciate Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Head to Amoeba Music and Santa Monica Farmers Marketfor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Two Rodeo Drive (in Beverly Hills) and Third Street Promenade (in Santa Monica). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary maker .

San Francisco to Los Angeles is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in July; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 33°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Beaches Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

1
night
San Diego

San Diego ©
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 5th (Thu), explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and then examine the collection at USS Midway Museum.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Diego trip planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for little chillier days in San Diego, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

2
nights
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.
On the 6th (Fri), trek along South Kaibab Trail, then examine the collection at Kolb Studio, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Tusayan Museum and then look for gifts at Canyon Village Marketplace.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park. While traveling from San Diego, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 13°C. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Tusayan Museum ©
Tusayan Museum

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): get interesting insight from Tours, make a trip to The Strip, and then make a trip to Bellagio Fountains. On the next day, examine the collection at The Neon Museum, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, and then admire the majestic nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Las Vegas day trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, expect nights in Las Vegas to be warmer, around 32°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 47°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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