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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San Francisco
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Carmel
— 1 night
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 6th (Sat), make a trip to Lombard Street.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco road trip planning tool.

Milan, Italy to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Milan in July: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 26°C and lows are around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, hike along Panorama Trail, take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Trail.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park route planning tool.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier 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 travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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

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Drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, get great views at Ragged Point Overlook, then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and finally view the masterpieces at Artifacts Gallery.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Simeon trip maker app.

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for much warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 40°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

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Death Valley National Park

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 13th (Sat), make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, get great views at Dante's View, and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin and then explore and take pictures at Artists Dr.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park online itinerary planner.

Drive from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from San Simeon in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Death Valley National Park: highs are around 45°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bright Angel Trail and Pipe Creek Vista. There's much more to do: trek along South Kaibab Trail, get great views at Mather Point, take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at North Kaibab Trail.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Death Valley National Park to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be much colder, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Las Vegas

Sin City

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 18th (Thu): explore the stunning scenery 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. Keep things going the next day: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Las Vegas holiday planner.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July: highs in Las Vegas hover around 47°C, while lows dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

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Los Angeles

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

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner.

You can fly from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Las Vegas in July: highs in Los Angeles hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

California travel guide

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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.