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

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
+4
bus + train + bus + Fly + Drive:  7​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
4
San Simeon
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
5
Carmel
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers are in your itinerary. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Square. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, approximately 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, stroll through China Beach, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco itinerary tool .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to San Francisco is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to San Francisco, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Beaches

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): stroll through Noyo Headlands Park, then kick back and relax at Pudding Creek Beach, then kick back and relax at Glass Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Noyo Beach. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Mendocino Jams & Preserves, then stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Seaside Beach, and finally admire the majestic nature at MacKerricher State Park.

To see maps and more tourist information, use the Fort Bragg tour itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Fort Bragg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for warmer days and about the same nights in Fort Bragg: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Mendocino
Highlights from your plan
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Venture out of the city with trips to Bodie State Historic Park (in Bridgeport) and Mono Lake County Park (in Lee Vining). And it doesn't end there: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, stroll through Lembert Dome, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park road trip website .

You can drive from Fort Bragg to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Fort Bragg in July, things will get slightly colder in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 33°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Mono Lake County Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

1
day
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, then look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon online route planner .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, things will get a bit warmer in San Simeon: highs are around 40°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Sebastian General Store ©
Sebastian General Store

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. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then stop by The Cheese Shop. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then hike along Partington Cove, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Carmel online road trip planner .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for colder days in Carmel, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Valley of Fire State Park and Wynn Las Vegas. Do your shopping at The Strip and The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and enjoy some diversion at Battlefield Vegas.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas road trip tool .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Carmel to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Carmel in July: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 47°C and lows are around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Valley of Fire State Park
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bright Angel Trail and South Kaibab Trail. Head to Hopi House and Canyon Village Marketplacefor some retail therapy. It doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim and hike along Rim Trail.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary maker website .

Do a combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to 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
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

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