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

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

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

Start: San Francisco
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San Francisco
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
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South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
taxi + bus:  3​h 30​min
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
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Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
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Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
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San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take a stroll through Union Square and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip website .

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. July in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Union Square ©
Union Square
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market, then do a tasting at Mumm Napa, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read St. Helena trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of subway and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in St. Helena to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Mumm Napa, Oxbow Public Market, Robert Mondavi Winery, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery
V. Sattui Winery ©
V. Sattui Winery
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

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South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): stroll through Lakeside Beach, look for gifts at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters, then explore the historical opulence of Vikingsholm, and finally explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from St. Helena to South Lake Tahoe in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Helena in July, plan for slightly colder nights in South Lake Tahoe, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Emerald Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Lakeside Beach ©
Lakeside Beach
Vikingsholm ©
Vikingsholm

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail. On your second day here, stroll through North Dome, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and then take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

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

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park takes 3.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Yosemite National Park can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): don't miss a visit to General Sherman Tree and then stroll through Moro Rock.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. In July, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is somewhat warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 43°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
General Sherman Tree ©
General Sherman Tree

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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.
Do your shopping at The Strip and The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian. Step out of the city life by going to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Lake Mead National Recreation Area. There's still lots to do: admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, examine the collection at The Mob Museum, try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 8 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, with highs in Las Vegas at 47°C and lows at 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains

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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 find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park trip planning site .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Las Vegas in August: high temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 31°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Palm Springs Air Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at VillageFest, then take in breathtaking views at Indian Canyons, and finally look for gifts at Brandini Toffee.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Palm Springs travel route app .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Palm Springs by car takes about 6.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Palm Springs is minus 1 hour. In August, Palm Springs is much hotter than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 49°C and lows of 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Shopping Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Brandini Toffee ©
Brandini Toffee
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum

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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.
Get some cultural insight at USS Midway Museum and Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. Escape the urban bustle at La Jolla Cove and San Diego Zoo. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Diego trip planner .

You can drive from Palm Springs to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Palm Springs in August, plan for much colder days in San Diego, with highs around 30°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, then make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, and finally kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, wander the streets of Montana Avenue, and then catch a live performance at Third Street Promenade.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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