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

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  12​h 15​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Barcelona

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers. Step out of the city life by going to China Beach and Twin Peaks. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve in Moss Beach, about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and take a stroll through Union Square.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip planning site .

Barcelona, Spain to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and subway. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Barcelona to San Francisco is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Barcelona in August, expect San Francisco to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
City Lights Booksellers ©
City Lights Booksellers

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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.
On the 7th (Tue), make a trip to Olmsted Point, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and finally admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan and then hike along Tuolumne Meadows.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park tour itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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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.
Do your shopping at Canyon Village Marketplace and Lookout Studio. Step out of the city life by going to Bright Angel Trail and Grand Canyon South Rim. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Rim Trail, steep yourself in history at Hermit's Rest, stroll through South Kaibab Trail, and add some entertainment to your itinerary with Hopi House.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park online tour planner .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 12.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 11°C in Grand Canyon National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and then make a trip to The Strip.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas travel planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, with highs in Las Vegas at 45°C and lows at 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Lake Mead National Recreation Area ©
Lake Mead National Recreation Area

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Guitar Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, then stop by Bergamot Station, and finally take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, then stop by The Original Farmers Market, then look for gifts at Amoeba Music, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip builder app .

You can fly from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Las Vegas in August, things will get a bit cooler in Los Angeles: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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