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

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  12​h 30​min
End: New York City

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco online tour planner .

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in August, things will get a bit cooler in San Francisco: highs are around 73°F and lows about 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
nights
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, get great views at Washburn Point, and trek along Tuolumne Meadows.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park day trip planning tool .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, around 43°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 81°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier and then make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. On the next day, explore the engaging exhibits at Travel Town, then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect warmer with lows of 66°F in Los Angeles. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

1
night
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 21st (Wed): take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, and finally have some family-friendly fun at The Roller Coaster.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in August, with highs in Las Vegas at 101°F and lows at 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Roller Coaster ©
The Roller Coaster

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): trek along Bright Angel Trail and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail, then explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, and then get great views at Pipe Creek Vista.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park online day trip planner .

Drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in August; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 80°F and lows reach 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

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