17 days in California, Nevada & Arizona Itinerary

17 days in California, Nevada & Arizona Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel route planner

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San Francisco
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Drive
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Williams
— 1 night
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Mojave
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Walt Disney Family Museum as well as San Francisco Journeys. On the 30th (Sun), get the lay of the land with San Francisco Journeys, then deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort Point, and then examine the collection at Walt Disney Family Museum. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Golden Gate Promenade.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip maker app.

Milan, Italy to San Francisco is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Milan in July, with highs in San Francisco at 26°C and lows at 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
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 1st (Tue), explore the striking landscape at North Dome, stroll through Nature Center at Happy Isles, then get great views at Valley View, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Yosemite Valley Loop Trail.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 9°C at night. You'll set off for Las Vegas on the 2nd (Wed).

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Las Vegas

— 4 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.
You've added Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum, Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N., A Wedding Chapel In Las Vegas, and other attractions to your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Zak Bagans' The Haunted Museum and Springs Preserve. Step out of the city life by going to Eldorado Canyon Mine Tours and Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Step out of Las Vegas with an excursion to Nelson Ghost Town in Nelson--about 58 minutes away.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Las Vegas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 45°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 29°C. You will leave for Williams on the 6th (Sun).

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Williams

— 1 night
A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Williams lies on one of the first highways ever built in America, the iconic "Route 66." The town boasts many inns, motels, restaurants, and shops, although its most important feature is serving as the southern terminus of a scenic railway leading to the area's most famous tourist attraction, the World Heritage-listed Grand Canyon.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Addicted to Route 66 as well as Colors of the West. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): stop by Addicted to Route 66 and then look for gifts at Colors of the West.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Williams attractions website.

Drive from Las Vegas to Williams in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Williams due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in August, with highs in Williams at 30°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Williams

Shopping

Grand Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
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 7th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, then take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio, and then steep yourself in history at Grand Canyon Railway Depot. On your second day here, take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon, stroll around Indian Garden, and then take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip site.

Traveling by car from Williams to Grand Canyon National Park takes 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Grand Canyon National Park are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mojave.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Mojave

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Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Mojave takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 Mojave. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Mojave: temperatures range from 42°C by day to 28°C at night. You will leave for Los Angeles on the 9th (Wed).

Things to do in Mojave

Outdoors · Trails · Parks

Los Angeles

— 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ocean Avenue and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get some cultural insight at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park and Autry Museum of the American West. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills) and Marina Beach (in Marina del Rey). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, see the interesting displays at The Gamble House, and have fun and explore at Kidspace Children's Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Mojave to Los Angeles takes 1.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Mojave in August: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 34°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

California travel guide

4.1
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.

Nevada travel guide

4.3
Performances · Fountains · Casinos
The Silver State
The neon streets of Las Vegas represent only one chapter in the story of Nevada, a sparsely populated state offering travelers a chance to discover the country's western frontier. Utterly unlike the more populated parts of the North American continent, Nevada's landscape includes huge deserts where you can easily leave modern civilization behind and enjoy a tranquil vacation. For a taste of untamed Nevada, explore the network of paved and unpaved roads leading to some of the world's most rugged and desolate natural wonders. If trying to make a fortune is high on your itinerary, remember that in the first state to legalize gambling, a slot machine is never too far away. Even gas stations and small motels in the largely deserted rural areas offer some form of gambling to the passing traveler.

Arizona travel guide

4.3
Canyons · Hiking Trails · Lookouts
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.