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

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

Created using Inspirock United States route planner

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Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Bus to San Francisco, Fly to Las Vegas
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Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to Sao Paulo

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Big Sur

— 1 night

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, stroll through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and finally hike along Partington Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Pacific Valley Bluff Trail, then admire the majestic nature at Limekiln State Park, and then take in the views from Bixby Bridge.

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Sao Paulo, Brazil to Big Sur is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Big Sur are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yosemite, Tunnel View and Yosemite Falls. The adventure continues: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, stroll through Panorama Trail, and grab your bike and head to Yosemite Valley Biking.

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Traveling by car from Big Sur to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. While traveling from Big Sur, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Alcatraz Island and Castello di Amorosa for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Muir Woods National Monument and Bodega Dunes. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to St. Helena to see V. Sattui Winery about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, get great views at Twin Peaks, and see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

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Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Fort Bragg

— 2 nights
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. On the 9th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Seaside Beach, then stroll through Pudding Creek Beach, then see the interesting displays at Mendocino Coast Model Railroad & Historical Society, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Headlands Park. On the next day, go for a walk through Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Van Damme State Park, and then immerse yourself in nature at Russian Gulch State Park.

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Traveling by car from San Francisco to Fort Bragg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect much hotter days and about the same nights in Fort Bragg, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Las Vegas

— 1 night

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 11th (Thu), examine the collection at The Mob Museum, then don't miss a visit to The Strip, and then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at The Neon Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Titanic, and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

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Do a combination of bus and flight from Fort Bragg to Las Vegas in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Fort Bragg in July, you will find days in Las Vegas are somewhat warmer (47°C), and nights are much hotter (32°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Grand Canyon National Park

— 4 nights
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Bright Angel Trail and South Kaibab Trail. Escape the urban bustle at Grand Canyon South Rim and Rim Trail. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Mather Point, take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, examine the collection at Kolb Studio, and appreciate the history behind Powell Point.

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You can drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Las Vegas in July: high temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 34°C and lows are around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

California travel guide

4.1
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.