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

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

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Los Angeles
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Las Vegas
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Grand Canyon National Park
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Death Valley National Park
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
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Yosemite National Park
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San Francisco
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San Jose
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Palo Alto
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Carmel
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Big Sur
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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.
When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disneyland Park in Anaheim, approximately Anaheim away. There's much more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, admire the landmark architecture of Bradbury Building, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip builder site.

Warsaw, Poland to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Warsaw in May; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Las Vegas

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Las Vegas: Boulder City (Winged Figures of the Republic Statues & Hoover Dam). There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, don't miss a visit to The Strip, admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas road trip planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Las Vegas in May, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 0°C at night. You'll set off for Death Valley National Park on the 10th (Sun).

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr, then explore the activities along Badwater Basin, and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point. On the next day, make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes and then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park journey tool.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be much warmer, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 7 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Yosemite National Park

— 1 night
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.
On the 14th (Thu), trek along Mariposa Grove, take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 15th (Fri), walk around Golden Gate Park, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip builder.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

San Jose

— 2 nights

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our San Jose holiday planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to San Jose in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a subway. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Palo Alto.

Things to do in San Jose

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Palo Alto

— 1 day
Palo Alto is a charter city located in the northwest corner of Santa Clara County, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area of the United States.Palo Alto was established by Leland Stanford Sr. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): wander the streets of Stanford Shopping Center and then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Stanford University.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Palo Alto trip tool.

Palo Alto is very close to San Jose. In May in Palo Alto, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Palo Alto

Neighborhoods · Shopping

Carmel

— 1 night
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. To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Palo Alto to Carmel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Palo Alto in May, plan for little chillier days in Carmel, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. On the 19th (Tue), you're off to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wineries

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.
On the 19th (Tue), admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with Coast Gallery Big Sur and then take in the views from Bixby Bridge.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Big Sur day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Big Sur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Los Angeles

City of Angels

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online travel route builder.

You can drive from Big Sur to Los Angeles in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. In May, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than Big Sur - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. On the 20th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nightlife

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.