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

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

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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San Diego
— 1 night
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Las Vegas
— 1 night
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Fresno
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Santa Maria
— 1 night
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Malibu
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles

— 3 nights

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.
Grand Central Market has been added to your itinerary. Pack the 8th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, make a trip to Hollywood Sign, and get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles tour site.

New York City to Los Angeles is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in January, things will get much hotter in Los Angeles: highs are around 70°F and lows about 49°F. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums

San Diego

— 1 night

America's Finest City

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.
You've added La Jolla Cove, Seaport Village, The Unconditional Surrender, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove, then examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, then pause for some photo ops at The Unconditional Surrender, and finally take in the waterfront at Seaport Village.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Diego road trip planning app.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January in San Diego, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 51°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Shopping · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Las Vegas

— 2 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Gun Garage as well as Wynn Las Vegas. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): try to win big at The Cosmopolitan Casino, try your luck at Paris Las Vegas, and then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Las Vegas road trip site.

Fly from San Diego to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in January, things will get a bit cooler in Las Vegas: highs are around 59°F and lows about 40°F. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Casinos · Museums

Grand Canyon National Park

— 1 night
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 13th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Horseshoe Bend and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Powell.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park online trip itinerary planner.

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 when traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. When traveling from Las Vegas in January, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 44°F by day to 15°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Las Vegas

— 1 night

Sin City

You've now added The LINQ Promenade to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): visit The LINQ Promenade.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 40°F. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Fresno.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods
Highlights from your trip

Fresno

— 1 night
The only metropolitan hub nestled between three national parks, Fresno makes a surprisingly lively getaway.
Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Fresno trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Fly from Las Vegas to Fresno in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Fresno can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Thu) before leaving for San Francisco.

Things to do in Fresno

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nightlife

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Baker Beach, Painted Ladies, Mission Dolores Park, and other attractions you added. There's more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge and walk around Golden Gate Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to San Francisco, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Fresno to San Francisco by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Fresno in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santa Maria.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites

Santa Maria

— 1 night
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): do a tasting at Foxen Vineyard & Winery and then do a tasting at Rancho Sisquoc Winery.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Santa Maria trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from San Francisco to Santa Maria. Traveling from San Francisco in January, expect nights in Santa Maria to be about the same, around 42°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 67°F. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Wineries

Malibu

— 2 nights
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Point Dume State Beach and Preserve. On the next day, kick back and relax at El Matador State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Zuma Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Cove, and finally walk around Malibu Bluffs Park.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, read Malibu online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Maria to Malibu takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Santa Maria in January, Malibu is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Los Angeles

— 4 nights

City of Angels

Grand Central Market has been added to your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica (about 30 minutes away). Enjoy Los Angeles some more: admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall, enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Bay, engage your brain at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Monica State Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles visit planning website.

Drive from Malibu to Los Angeles in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and tram. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

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.