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

Start: Memphis
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Carmel
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
4
Big Sur
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
5
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
6
Morro Bay
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Santa Barbara
— Few hours
8
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
10
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
11
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
End: Memphis

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night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre has been added to your itinerary. On the 21st (Fri), head off the coast to Alcatraz Island and then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

Memphis to San Francisco is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Memphis to San Francisco is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Memphis in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Union Square ©
Union Square

1
night
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Santa Cruz trip itinerary planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Santa Cruz by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for little chillier nights in Santa Cruz, with lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach

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hours
Carmel

Carmel
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. To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Carmel road trip planning tool .

Drive from Santa Cruz to Carmel in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. On the 23rd (Sun), you're off toBig Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Tours

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hours
Big Sur

Big Sur
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Big Sur tour itinerary site .

Big Sur is just a stone's throw from Carmel. December in Big Sur sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

Wineries

Side Trip

Joyce Vineyards

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon online attractions planner .

You can drive from Big Sur to San Simeon in 4 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Big Sur in December since evenings lows in San Simeon dip to 33°F. On the 24th (Mon), you'll travel to Morro Bay.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Nature

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hours
Morro Bay

Morro Bay ©
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Morro Bay trip itinerary builder .

Drive from San Simeon to Morro Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Simeon in December since evenings lows in Morro Bay dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Morro Bay State Park ©
Morro Bay State Park

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hours
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip planner .

Traveling by car from Morro Bay to Santa Barbara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in December, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Douglas Family Preserve ©
Douglas Family Preserve
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

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.
On the 25th (Tue), take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, then take a stroll through Montana Avenue, and finally kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at The Getty Center, identify plant and animal life at Westridge-Canyonback Wilderness Park, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles route maker site .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Santa Barbara in December since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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.
On the 27th (Thu), see the interesting displays at The Neon Museum, then try to win big at Casino at the Venetian, then take a stroll through The Strip, and finally ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Las Vegas day trip planner.

Fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, things will get slightly colder in Las Vegas: highs are around 57°F and lows about 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
The Neon Museum ©
The Neon Museum

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lookout Studio as well as Inner Canyon. On the 29th (Sat), take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon, then look for gifts at Canyon Village Marketplace, and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 45°F to lows of 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Inner Canyon ©
Inner Canyon
Hermit's Rest ©
Hermit's Rest

3
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Titanic, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then examine the collection at Pinball Hall of Fame, and finally try to win big at Paris Las Vegas.

Make your Las Vegas itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Do a combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 57°F by day to 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Tours Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Nostalgia Street Rods ©
Nostalgia Street Rods
Bellagio Hotel and Casino ©
Bellagio Hotel and Casino

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