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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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— Few hours
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Las Vegas
— 3 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Bodega Head. Discover out-of-the-way places like Castello di Amorosa and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: St. Helena (V. Sattui Winery & Pride Mountain Vineyards) and Limantour Beach (in Point Reyes National Seashore). There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Francisco itinerary builder app.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in May; daily highs in San Francisco reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, and then trek along May Lake Trailhead. On the next day, trek along Wawona Meadow and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in May, expect little chillier with lows of 1°C in Yosemite National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

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A Land of Giants

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.
For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park vacation planning site.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 15°C. You'll set off for Las Vegas on the 30th (Wed).

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Strip and The Neon Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Change things up with a short trip to Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve in Henderson (about 32 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Titanic and examine the collection at The Mob Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Las Vegas when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in May, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to South Kaibab Trail and Inner Canyon. Step out of the city life by going to Grand Canyon South Rim and Yaki Point. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail, examine the collection at Kolb Studio, get great views at Powell Point, and get a taste of the local shopping with Lookout Studio.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Las Vegas in June, plan for slightly colder days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 34°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Getty Center and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Visiting Prime Desert Woodland Preserve and Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: fly. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in June, you will find days in Los Angeles are little chillier (30°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

California travel guide

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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.