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

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

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

Start: New York City
foot + Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
3
Carlsbad
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  10​h 15​min
End: New York City

3
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 Battlefield Vegas and Las Vegas North Premium Outlets. Bring the kids along to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas. The adventure continues: get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, make a trip to Paris Las Vegas, and see the interesting displays at Pinball Hall of Fame.

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

New York City to Las Vegas is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Las Vegas, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, Las Vegas is somewhat warmer than New York City - with highs of 103°F and lows of 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Historic Sites Parks
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The Strip ©
The Strip
Battlefield Vegas ©
Battlefield Vegas

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rim Trail and South Kaibab Trail. Visiting North Kaibab Trail and Mather Point will get you outdoors. On the 13th (Fri), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, and make a trip to Powell Point.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in July, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be colder, temps between 83°F and 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

4
nights
Carlsbad

Stretching along 11 km (7 mi) of Pacific coastline, the city of Carlsbad attracts visitors with its Mediterranean climate and natural beauty.
You'll get in some beach time at La Jolla Shores Park and Moonlight Beach. Kids will enjoy La Jolla Cove and Coronado Beach. Go for a jaunt from Carlsbad to Dana Point to see Dolphin & Whale Watching about 36 minutes away. There's more to do: stroll through Carlsbad State Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad travel tool .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Carlsbad in 8.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, you will find days in Carlsbad are slightly colder (76°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (62°F). You will leave for home on the 20th (Fri).

Things to do in Carlsbad

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

San Diego, Moonlight State Beach, Coronado Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach

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