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

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

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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 1 day
Drive
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Santa Monica
Drive
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San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to Carmel
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Carmel
Fly
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
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Las Vegas
— 1 night
Fly
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San Luis Obispo
— 1 day
Drive
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Solvang
— 1 night
Fly
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 1 day
Drive
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San Francisco
— 1 night
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Los Angeles

— 4 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and stop by Amoeba Music.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planning website.

Bogota, Colombia to Los Angeles is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Standard Time (COT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in November: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 28°C and lows are around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Santa Barbara

— 1 day

The American Riviera

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.
On the 21st (Thu), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area and then learn about winemaking at Margerum Wine Company Tasting Room.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara road trip planning tool.

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 November, expect little chillier with lows of 9°C in Santa Barbara. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours

Santa Monica

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
On the 21st (Thu), make a trip to Santa Monica Pier.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in November, Santa Monica is a bit warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

San Diego

— 2 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, then walk around Cuvier Park - The Wedding Bowl, then get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, and finally see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): examine the collection at Mingei International Museum, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, see the interesting displays at Old Town Model Railroad Depot, then see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, and finally stroll around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Santa Monica to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Grand Canyon National Park

— 1 night
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): stroll through Bright Angel Trail and then take some stellar pictures from Powell Point.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park driving holiday planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Diego in November, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are little chillier (14°C), and nights are much colder (-6°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors

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. To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip app.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Carmel in 8.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Carmel, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 9°C. You'll set off for Las Vegas on the 25th (Mon).

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wineries

Las Vegas

— 2 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 26th (Tue), see human ingenuity at work at Hoover Dam, examine the collection at Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum, and then explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Las Vegas route tool.

Fly from Carmel to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in November, and nighttime lows around 9°C. On the 27th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Las Vegas

— 1 night

Sin City

Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip and then don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip planning site.

Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping

San Luis Obispo

— 1 day
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. state of California, located roughly midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the Central Coast. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take in the waterfront at Pismo Pier, then wander the streets of Bubblegum Alley, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Luis Obispo attractions planner.

You can fly from Las Vegas to San Luis Obispo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daytime highs in San Luis Obispo are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Solvang.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Solvang

— 1 night
Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): stop by Vinhus and then stroll around Hans Christian Andersen Park.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Solvang trip simple and quick.

Getting from San Luis Obispo to Solvang by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from San Luis Obispo in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Solvang, with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Solvang

Parks · Shopping

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Sausalito Floating Homes Tour, Japanese Tea Garden, Golden Gate Park, and other attractions.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Solvang to San Francisco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Solvang in November: highs in San Francisco hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Monterey

— 1 day
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Monterey trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Museums

San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): examine the collection at Musee Mecanique.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums
Highlights from your trip

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.