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

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

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

Start: Ljubljana
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
2
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 30​min
4
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Anaheim
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
6
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
7
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
8
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
taxi + bus:  7​h 30​min
9
Sacramento
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
10
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
11
Auburn
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  21​h
End: Ljubljana

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 15th (Sun), engage your brain at Exploratorium, explore the galleries of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Marshall’s Beach, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip planner .

Ljubljana, Slovenia to San Francisco is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Ljubljana to San Francisco. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ljubljana in September: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Strip and The Neon Museum. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Mob Museum, ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, and admire nature's extreme beauty at Escape Adventures and Las Vegas Cyclery.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Las Vegas trip itinerary builder .

Fly from San Francisco to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect Las Vegas to be somewhat warmer, temps between 39°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): trek along South Kaibab Trail, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, then look for gifts at Canyon Village Marketplace, and finally take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point. Keep things going the next day: get curious at Yavapai Geology Museum and then hike along Rim Trail.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park road trip planning site .

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 changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Las Vegas in September: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

1
night
San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Marston House Museum, and then shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter. On the next day, explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, then get a taste of the local shopping with Spanish Village Art Center, and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

For ratings and tourist information, use the San Diego travel planning website .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, plan for much hotter nights in San Diego, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter

1
night
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
On the 24th (Tue), make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Anaheim trip simple and quick.

You can drive from San Diego to Anaheim in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from San Diego in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Anaheim: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

1
night
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, then admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, then make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Santa Monica trip planner .

Drive from Anaheim to Santa Monica in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and tram. Traveling from Anaheim in September, you will find days in Santa Monica are a bit cooler (30°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Getty Center and Madame Tussauds Hollywood. Appreciate the collections at Griffith Observatory and California Science Center. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and look for gifts at LA Farmers' Market.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles journey planner.

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Santa Monica. Traveling from Santa Monica in September, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): trek along Panorama Trail and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in September: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Sacramento.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

1
night
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes California Automobile Museum as well as Old Sacramento Waterfront. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): see the interesting displays at California Automobile Museum, examine the collection at Old Sacramento Waterfront, then get your game on at Fairytale Town, and finally stroll around Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. Keep things going the next day: get some fabulous bargains at Vacaville Premium Outlets and then see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sacramento road trip website .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Yosemite National Park to Sacramento in 7.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, with highs in Sacramento at 36°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sacramento

Parks Museums Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fairytale Town ©
Fairytale Town
California Automobile Museum ©
California Automobile Museum
Old Sacramento Waterfront ©
Old Sacramento Waterfront

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
On the 1st (Tue), get curious at California Academy of Sciences, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, and then take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square and then kick back and relax at China Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Francisco journey tool .

You can drive from Sacramento to San Francisco in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Sacramento in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Auburn.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Neighborhoods Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Musee Mecanique ©
Musee Mecanique

1
night
Auburn

Auburn ©
Auburn is the county seat of Placer County, California. Old Town Auburn has been added to your itinerary. On the 3rd (Thu), identify plant and animal life at West Coast Falconry, then look for gifts at Lazy Dog Chocolateria, and then immerse yourself in nature at Empire Mine State Historic Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Hangtown's Gold Bug Park and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Auburn trip itinerary maker site .

Explore your travel options from San Francisco to Auburn with the Route module. In October, daily temperatures in Auburn can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auburn

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Lazy Dog Chocolateria, West Coast Falconry
Highlights from your plan
West Coast Falconry ©
West Coast Falconry
Lazy Dog Chocolateria ©
Lazy Dog Chocolateria

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