15 days in California, Las Vegas & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

15 days in California, Las Vegas & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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15 days in California, Las Vegas & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  7​h
1
San Diego
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Pismo Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Big Sur
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
7
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Fort Bragg
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
10
Trinidad
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
11
Yosemite National Park
— 1 day
bus:  4​h
12
Fresno
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
13
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
14
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  13​h
End: Philadelphia

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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 25th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Diego trip planner.

Philadelphia to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to San Diego is minus 3 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Philadelphia in July: highs in San Diego hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in July, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 66°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve, don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, then enjoy the sand and surf at Butterfly Beach, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Santa Barbara trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, things will get slightly colder in Santa Barbara: highs are around 75°F and lows about 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve, Butterfly Beach
Highlights from your plan
Butterfly Beach ©
Butterfly Beach
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve ©

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Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. On the 28th (Sun), kick back and relax at Avila Main Beach, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and then stroll through Eldwaylen Ocean Park.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Pismo Beach trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Pismo Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Pismo Beach, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Avila Beach
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours

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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.
On the 29th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas, then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Simeon trip builder .

Getting from Pismo Beach to San Simeon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Pismo Beach in July: highs in San Simeon hover around 94°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and finally hike along Partington Cove.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Big Sur tour itinerary tool .

You can drive from San Simeon to Big Sur in 4 hours. Traveling from San Simeon in July, you will find days in Big Sur are cooler (69°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Monterey.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

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night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Big Sur to Monterey takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Monterey sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Carmel
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
San Carlos Cathedral ©
San Carlos Cathedral

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): examine the collection at Exploratorium and then explore and take pictures at Alcatraz Island.

To find out how to plan a trip to San Francisco, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Monterey to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In July in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

1
night
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. On the 2nd (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Headlands Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Fort Bragg trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Fort Bragg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Fort Bragg: temperatures range from 93°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach

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Trinidad

Trinidad
Trinidad is a seaside city in Humboldt County, located on the Pacific Ocean 8mi north of the Arcata-Eureka Airport and 15mi north of the college town of Arcata. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Camel Rock.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Trinidad online holiday planner .

Drive from Fort Bragg to Trinidad in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Fort Bragg in August, you will find days in Trinidad are much colder (64°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Trinidad

Nature Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Camel Rock

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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Trinidad to Yosemite National Park in 9 hours. Another option is to fly. While traveling from Trinidad, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Fresno.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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Fresno

Fresno ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): stroll through Fresno Chaffee Zoo and then take a peaceful walk through Sierra National Forest.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Fresno itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Fresno in 4 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: highs in Fresno hover around 98°F, while lows dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Fresno

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Sierra National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Fresno Chaffee Zoo ©
Fresno Chaffee Zoo

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then take an in-depth tour of Titanic, and then ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Las Vegas holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Fresno to Las Vegas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Fresno in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 77°F in Las Vegas. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Titanic ©
Titanic
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): engage your brain at Yavapai Geology Museum, then explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, then tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail, and finally take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 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. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in August, with highs in Grand Canyon National Park at 80°F and lows at 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Yavapai Geology Museum ©
Yavapai Geology Museum

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