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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Fly
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wawona
— 2 nights
Drive to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Fly to McCarran International Airport
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Anaheim
— 1 night
Fly

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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Muir Woods National Monument and Cable Car Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Lincoln Park. There's much more to do: hike along Lands End, expand your understanding of the military at Fort Point, steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, and walk around Presidio of San Francisco.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to San Francisco. In May, daytime highs in San Francisco are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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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. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel driving holiday app.

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May in Carmel, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Wawona.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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Wawona

Wawona is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then make a trip to Washburn Point, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Pohono Bridge, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and then explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall.

For photos and tourist information, read Wawona travel route planner.

You can drive from Carmel to Wawona in 4 hours. Traveling from Carmel in May, expect nights in Wawona to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°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

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Las Vegas

Sin City

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 29th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, have fun at Gun Garage, and then make a trip to Fountains of Bellagio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Charleston and then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas journey planning app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wawona to Las Vegas. Traveling from Wawona in May, Las Vegas is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure

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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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Bright Angel Trail and Rim Trail. Get outdoors at Grand Canyon South Rim and Mather Point. And it doesn't end there: stroll through South Kaibab Trail, enjoy breathtaking views from Desert View Watchtower, and cruise along East Rim Drive.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary maker.

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 when traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Las Vegas in May, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be colder, around 0°C, while days are slightly colder, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Anaheim.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

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Anaheim

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): make an unforgettable trip to Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! and then find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park.

Plan my day in Anaheim using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Anaheim by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Anaheim. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in June, expect much hotter with lows of 20°C in Anaheim. 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

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

Yosemite National Park travel guide

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World heritage site · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails
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. There isn't just one icon by which the park defines itself; visitors divide their attention between the smooth, round, and colossal face of Half Dome, the sheer cliff of El Capitan, the striking Upper Yosemite Falls, the mighty Vernal Falls, and the widely stretched Yosemite Valley. This landscape draws outdoor enthusiasts with its array of hiking trails, rock-climbing routes, and fishing rivers and streams. Casual visitors feel at home here too, thanks to the handful of paved roads that provide easy vehicle access to numerous vista points and trailheads. Yosemite sees 3.7 million visitors per year on average, but 95 percent of the park is wilderness that offers the opportunity to glimpse black bears, bighorn sheep, and mountain lions.