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

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

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

Start: Manchester
Fly:  14​h
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Wawona
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Truckee
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Seattle
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Manchester

2
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles day trip site .

Manchester, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Los Angeles is minus 8 hours. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in October: highs in Los Angeles hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

2
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.
Grand Canyon National Park is known for nature, trails, historic sites, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Lipan Point, stroll through Bright Angel Trail, and make a trip to Powell Point.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park online day trip planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. When traveling from Los Angeles in October, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then enjoy some diversion at Paris Las Vegas, then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, then take in panoramic vistas at High Roller, and then shop like a local with The Strip.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas road trip planner .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in October, you will find days in Las Vegas are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are much warmer (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

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

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 16th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, get great views at Dante's View, and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Death Valley National Park, with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Wawona.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes ©
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

3
nights
Wawona

Wawona ©
Wawona is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. Wawona is known for nature and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, admire all the interesting features of Half Dome, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, and trek along Tuolumne Meadows.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Wawona tour builder .

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Wawona in 6.5 hours. In October in Wawona, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Wawona

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): snap pictures at Big Creek Bridge, then hike along Pacific Valley Bluff Trail, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Big Sur travel route planning tool .

You can drive from Wawona to Big Sur in 5 hours. While traveling from Wawona, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Big Sur, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Big Sur

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Point Lobos
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Big Creek Bridge ©
Big Creek Bridge

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, then don't miss a visit to Book Passage, then take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and finally walk around Golden Gate Park.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Big Sur to San Francisco in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Truckee.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. On the 23rd (Wed), stroll around Truckee Bike Park, stroll through Mt Judah Loop Trail, and then take in the views from Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Truckee tour itinerary maker website .

Drive from San Francisco to Truckee in 3.5 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Truckee, with highs around 20°C, while nights are much colder with lows around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Truckee

Trails Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Truckee Bike Park ©
Truckee Bike Park
Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge ©

4
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Seattle is known for museums, parks, zoos & aquariums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, pause for some photo ops at Fremont Troll, and admire the natural beauty at Bellevue Botanical Garden.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Seattle trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Truckee to Seattle with the Route module. Traveling from Truckee in October, plan for much hotter nights in Seattle, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Tours Parks

Side Trip

Bellevue Botanical Garden
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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