13 days in Carmel, Grand Canyon National Park & Las Vegas Itinerary

13 days in Carmel, Grand Canyon National Park & Las Vegas Itinerary

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13 days in Carmel, Grand Canyon National Park & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  11​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Las Vegas
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Durham

4
nights
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. Explore hidden gems such as Elephant Seal Rookery and Monterey Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, McWay Falls, & more) and Ragged Point Overlook (in San Simeon). Spend the 4th (Sun) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, and enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary planner.

Durham to Carmel is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Durham to Carmel. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Durham in August; daily highs in Carmel reach 70°F and lows reach 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Big Sur, San Simeon, Monterey, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bright Angel Trail and Mather Point. There's still lots to do: stroll through South Kaibab Trail, hike along Rim Trail, enjoy breathtaking views from Desert View Watchtower, and get all the information you need at Yavapai Point.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Grand Canyon National Park takes 11.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Carmel to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Carmel in August, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are a bit warmer (80°F), and nights are little chillier (50°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Valley of Fire State Park and Battlefield Vegas. Step out of Las Vegas with an excursion to Atlatl Rock in Overton--about 1h 05 min away. Spend the 12th (Mon) riding across the waves with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy some diversion at Gun Garage, look for gifts at Las Vegas North Premium Outlets, see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas, and try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas visit planner .

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, things will get much hotter in Las Vegas: highs are around 101°F and lows about 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Fun & Games Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Overton
Highlights from your plan
Battlefield Vegas ©
Battlefield Vegas
Gun Garage ©
Gun Garage
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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