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

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

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

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h
7
Fort Bragg
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

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 15th (Mon), enjoy some diversion at Battlefield Vegas. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: try your luck at Wynn Las Vegas, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, then shop like a local with The Strip, and finally admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip website .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Las Vegas is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Las Vegas is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in July, things will get warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 47°C and lows about 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

#Shopping, #Neighborhoods, #Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains

4
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.
Do your shopping at Hopi House and Canyon Village Marketplace. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bright Angel Trail and Mather Point. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, stroll through Rim Trail, and trek along South Kaibab Trail.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip maker website .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Las Vegas in July, things will get cooler in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 34°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

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

1
night
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.
On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To find photos and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

1
night
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 24th (Wed): kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, then look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Simeon trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Simeon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to 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

1
night
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 25th (Thu), kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in July, you will find days in Carmel are colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Bodie State Historic Park and Yosemite Valley Chapel. Discover out-of-the-way places like Glacier Point and Lembert Dome. When in Yosemite National Park, make a side trip to see Mono Lake County Park in Lee Vining, approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, hike along Panorama Trail, and stroll through Tuolumne Meadows.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are a bit cooler (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Fort Bragg.

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
night
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Headlands Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pudding Creek Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Glass Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Beach. Keep things going the next day: stop by Mendocino Jams & Preserves, stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Seaside Beach, and finally immerse yourself in nature at MacKerricher State Park.

Plan my day in Fort Bragg using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Fort Bragg takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, things will get a bit warmer in Fort Bragg: highs are around 41°C and lows about 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

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

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 1st (Thu): browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, then contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, and finally step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Union Square, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Lincoln Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Fort Bragg to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Fort Bragg in July, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are cooler, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Shopping, #Neighborhoods, #Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
City Lights Booksellers ©
City Lights Booksellers

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