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

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

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

Start: Istanbul
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Napa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Truckee
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
7
Anaheim
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Istanbul

2
nights
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 31st (Fri): ponder the world of politics at San Francisco City Hall. On the next day, examine the collection at de Young Museum, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, and finally head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco day trip planning website .

Istanbul, Turkey to San Francisco is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 11 hours traveling from Istanbul to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. May in San Francisco sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Shopping
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

1
night
Napa

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Napa trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Napa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in June, you will find days in Napa are a bit warmer (31°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Napa

Tours
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore and take pictures at Tahoe Trout Farm, kick back and relax at Pope Beach, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Napa to South Lake Tahoe takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Napa in June, South Lake Tahoe is a bit cooler at night with lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Truckee.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Emerald Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Tahoe Trout Farm ©
Tahoe Trout Farm
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach

1
night
Truckee

Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): explore the landscape on two wheels at Truckee Bike Park, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then take in the views from Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Truckee trip planner.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Truckee in 1.5 hours. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Truckee, with lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Truckee Bike Park ©
Truckee Bike Park

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Yosemite Museum Gallery, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then trek along Panorama Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and finally don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get answers to all your questions at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, then get great views at Tunnel View, and then stroll around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Truckee to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Truckee in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©

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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 8th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood. Keep things going the next day: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, then stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

2
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): discover the magic at Disneyland Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Disney California Adventure Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Anaheim trip planner.

Anaheim is just a short distance from Los Angeles. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

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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 12th (Wed), pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at San Diego Model Railroad Museum and then get in on the family fun at SeaWorld San Diego.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego tour planning tool .

Drive from Anaheim to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Anaheim in June, you will find days in San Diego are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

2
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.
On the 14th (Fri), take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, shop like a local with The Strip, and then don't miss a visit to Bellagio Fountains.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Las Vegas trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from San Diego to Las Vegas by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in June, expect nights in Las Vegas to be somewhat warmer, around 29°C, while days are much warmer, around 46°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

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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.
On the 16th (Sun), take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, trek along South Kaibab Trail, then get great views at Yaki Point, and finally take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): hike along Rim Trail.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park. Traveling from Las Vegas in June, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be colder, around 6°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

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