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

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

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

Start: Istanbul
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
2
Anaheim
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
6
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Istanbul

3
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Bring the kids along to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Santa Monica Mountains in Santa Monica--about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: get curious at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, and admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles travel planner .

Istanbul, Turkey to Los Angeles is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and tram; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Istanbul to Los Angeles, you'll gain 11 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Istanbul in August, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Parks, #Museums, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area ©
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): try out the rides at Downtown Disney, enjoy the sand and surf at Newport Beach, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Cathedral. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Mission San Juan Capistrano, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Victoria Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Anaheim trip maker tool .

Anaheim is just a short distance from Los Angeles. In August, daily temperatures in Anaheim can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

#Outdoors, #Theme Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Mission San Juan Capistrano, Newport Beach, Victoria Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney
Victoria Beach ©
Victoria Beach

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nights
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.
Bring the kids along to La Jolla Cove and San Diego Zoo. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Point Loma. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, pause for some photo ops at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, and enjoy the sea views from Old Point Loma Lighthouse.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Diego trip itinerary site .

Getting from Anaheim to San Diego by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Anaheim in August: highs in San Diego hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum and then shop like a local with The Strip. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at The Neon Museum and then explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Las Vegas driving holiday tool .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Las Vegas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 45°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

#Neighborhoods, #Parks, #Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): stroll through South Kaibab Trail, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and then engage your brain at Yavapai Geology Museum. On your second day here, get great views at Mather Point and then trek along Rim Trail.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park route builder app .

Getting from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Las Vegas in August, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be colder, temps between 31°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

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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 30th (Thu): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Francisco tour builder .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to San Francisco in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and subway; or drive. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to San Francisco, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

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