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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Carmel
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El Portal
— 1 night
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Mammoth Lakes
— 1 night
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Las Vegas
— 1 night
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
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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. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then enjoy the sea views from Point Pinos Lighthouse, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To find ratings and other tourist information, read Carmel trip planner.

San Francisco to Carmel is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to El Portal.

Things to do in Carmel

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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Must see
Point Lobos
4.9

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El Portal

El Portal ©
El Portal is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. Your day by day itinerary now includes Elizabeth Lake. On the 25th (Sun), get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Elizabeth Lake.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the El Portal vacation planning tool.

Getting from Carmel to El Portal by car takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Carmel in August, you will find days in El Portal are much warmer (93°F), and nights are about the same (59°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in El Portal

Nature · Trails · Outdoors · Parks

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National Park
Elizabeth Lake
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Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Devils Postpile National Monument.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mammoth Lakes trip itinerary app.

You can drive from El Portal to Mammoth Lakes in 2.5 hours. Traveling from El Portal in August, expect Mammoth Lakes to be a bit cooler, temps between 81°F and 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Nature · Parks
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Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck and then examine the collection at The Mob Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Mammoth Lakes to Las Vegas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Mammoth Lakes, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 101°F to lows of 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

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Specialty Museum
The Mob Museum
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Observation Deck
Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck
4.2

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Grand Canyon South Rim and Bright Angel Trail. There's still lots to do: hike along South Kaibab Trail, appreciate the history behind Powell Point, take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, and take some stellar pictures from Mather Point.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park road trip planner.

You can drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour 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 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
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San Diego

San Diego ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): browse the exhibits of Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House, then admire the striking features of Marston House Museum, and then stroll through Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego online trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and tram. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, with lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature
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Must see
La Jolla Cove
4.7

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway, stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find out how to plan a trip to Los Angeles, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. While traveling from San Diego, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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Disney Park / Activity
Disneyland Park
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Pier / Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier
4.1

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