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: Sydney
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Wawona
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
6
Anaheim
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Lincoln Park will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Muir Woods National Monument and Cable Car Museum. And it doesn't end there: deepen your knowledge of military history at Presidio of San Francisco, steep yourself in history at Fort Point, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and stroll through Lands End.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco travel route planner .

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 18 hours. In May, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Presidio of San Francisco ©
Presidio of San Francisco

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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 25th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, then take in the views from Bixby Bridge, and finally admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos. On the next day, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then stroll through Carmel River State Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Carmel online route planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Wawona.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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Wawona

Wawona ©
Wawona is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, then don't miss a visit to Washburn Point, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. On your second day here, take in the views from Pohono Bridge, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and then admire the sheer force of Bridalveil Fall.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Wawona online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Wawona takes 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in May: highs in Wawona hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Wawona

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

2
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.
On the 29th (Fri), take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then enjoy some diversion at Gun Garage, and then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Charleston and then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wawona to Las Vegas. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Wawona in May since evenings lows in Las Vegas dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Gun Garage ©
Gun Garage

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bright Angel Trail and Mather Point. Escape the urban bustle at Grand Canyon South Rim and Rim Trail. And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Grandview Point, cruise along East Rim Drive, and trek along South Kaibab Trail.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Las Vegas in May, plan for little chillier days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 23°C, while nights are colder with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

1
night
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
On the 3rd (Wed), make an unforgettable trip to Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! and then discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Anaheim trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Anaheim takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Anaheim is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in June, Anaheim is much hotter at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Room Escape Games

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