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

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

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

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Anaheim
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 1st (Sun), steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planning app .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. In September in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. You'll set off for Los Angeles on the 2nd (Mon).

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
City Lights Booksellers ©
City Lights Booksellers

2
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles travel planner .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in September; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 34°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Hollywood & Highland ©
Hollywood & Highland

4
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
You've now added Disneyland Park to your itinerary.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Anaheim journey builder site .

Anaheim is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Sun) before leaving for San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes SeaWorld San Diego. The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip planner.

Traveling by car from Anaheim to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Anaheim in September, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. On the 11th (Wed), you're off toGrand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego

1
night
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.
To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park route maker .

Getting from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect much colder evenings in Grand Canyon National Park when traveling from San Diego in September, with lows around 7°C. On the 13th (Fri), you're off toLas Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim

2
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.
On the 13th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Bellagio Fountains.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Las Vegas road trip planner .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, expect nights in Las Vegas to be much warmer, around 25°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 39°C. On the 15th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nightlife Outdoors Tours

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