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

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

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

Start: Bucharest
Fly:  20​h
1
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
3
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
5
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Bucharest

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip. On the next day, see the interesting displays at The Neon Museum, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and finally examine the collection at The Mob Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Las Vegas holiday planner.

Bucharest, Romania to Las Vegas is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Bucharest to Las Vegas, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bucharest in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 23°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Tusayan Museum and then get great views at Grandview Point. Here are some ideas for day two: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, stop by Canyon Village Marketplace, shop like a local with Lookout Studio, then examine the collection at Kolb Studio, and finally take in a show at Hopi House.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park travel planner.

Do a combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Las Vegas in November, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be much colder, around -7°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Tusayan Museum ©
Tusayan Museum

2
nights
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.
On the 23rd (Thu), examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, then appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego in 8.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in November, expect nights in San Diego to be much hotter, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

2
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
On the 25th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and then shop like a local with Third Street Promenade. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santa Monica Mountains, see the interesting displays at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and then don't miss a visit to Rodeo Drive.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica itinerary builder.

Drive from San Diego to Santa Monica in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daytime highs in Santa Monica are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Beverly Hills, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, then get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits & Museum, then stop by Hollywood & Highland, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications, tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Guitar Center.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary maker.

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Santa Monica. November in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

2
nights
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. On the 30th (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and finally look for gifts at The Cheese Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve and then kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Carmel online itinerary creator.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Los Angeles to Carmel in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in November: high temperatures in Carmel hover around 21°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Cannery Row
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

2
nights
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 2nd (Sat): steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, then steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum, wander the streets of Union Square, then have fun and explore at Exploratorium, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip builder.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in San Francisco are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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