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: San Francisco
Drive:  2​h 15​min
1
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
El Portal
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Mammoth Lakes
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
6
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

1
night
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): get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, enjoy the sea views from Point Pinos Lighthouse, and then identify plant and animal life at Point Lobos.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip planner.

San Francisco to Carmel is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to El Portal.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Nature

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Point Pinos Lighthouse ©
Point Pinos Lighthouse

1
night
El Portal

El Portal ©
El Portal is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. On the 25th (Sun), take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View and then explore the striking landscape of Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read El Portal trip planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to El Portal takes 4 hours. When traveling from Carmel in August, plan for much warmer days and about the same nights in El Portal: temperatures range from 93°F by day to 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in El Portal

Outdoors Nature Trails

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
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Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

1
night
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 other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Lakes online route planner .

Getting from El Portal to Mammoth Lakes by car takes about 2.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from El Portal in August, with highs in Mammoth Lakes at 81°F and lows at 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Devils Postpile National Monument ©
Devils Postpile National Monument

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck and then see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Mammoth Lakes to Las Vegas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Mammoth Lakes in August, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 101°F by day to 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums
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The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck ©
Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck

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.
Get outdoors at Grand Canyon South Rim and Powell Point. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Bright Angel Trail, get great views at Mather Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail, and explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary planning website .

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park. Traveling from Las Vegas in August, things will get colder in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 80°F and lows about 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): contemplate the long history of Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House, admire the striking features of Marston House Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. On the next day, explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego by combination of bus and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 68°F in San Diego. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

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.
On the 2nd (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and finally make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame. On the next day, find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park and then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in September: highs in Los Angeles hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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