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: Milan
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Milan

1
night
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 6th (Sat): make a trip to Lombard Street.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco road trip planning tool .

Milan, Italy to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Milan to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Milan in July, expect San Francisco to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glacier Point and Olmsted Point. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and make a trip to Washburn Point.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip maker app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

1
night
Carmel

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. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): stroll around Dennis the Menace Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Carmel driving holiday planning app .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days in Carmel, with highs around 24°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Dennis the Menace Park
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Dennis the Menace Park ©
Dennis the Menace Park

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 12th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then get great views at Ragged Point Overlook, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and finally view the masterpieces at Artifacts Gallery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Simeon vacation builder site .

Drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in July, you will find days in San Simeon are much warmer (40°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Artifacts Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Artifacts Gallery ©
Artifacts Gallery

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night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, get great views at Dante's View, and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin and then take a memorable drive along Artists Dr.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, Death Valley National Park is a bit warmer than San Simeon - with highs of 45°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

2
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bright Angel Trail and South Kaibab Trail. Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, get great views at Pipe Creek Vista, and stroll through North Kaibab Trail.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 7 hours. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are little chillier (34°C), and nights are cooler (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
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 18th (Thu), admire the majestic nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Las Vegas trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 47°C by day to 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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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.
On the 20th (Sat), get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles route builder app .

You can fly from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect much colder days and slightly colder nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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