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

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

Created using Inspirock United States holiday planner

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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San Diego
— 1 night
Drive
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Anaheim
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
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Sacramento
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Auburn
— 1 night
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San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): get curious at Exploratorium, then contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. On your second day here, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Marshall’s Beach, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco travel planning website.

Ljubljana, Slovenia to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Ljubljana to San Francisco, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ljubljana in September, things will get a bit warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

Las Vegas

— 2 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.
Appreciate the collections at The Mob Museum and The Neon Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Strip and Pinball Hall of Fame. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and pedal to the sights with Escape Adventures.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas day trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Las Vegas takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in September: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 39°C and lows are around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): stroll through South Kaibab Trail, then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, then stop by Canyon Village Marketplace, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Yavapai Geology Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park itinerary maker site.

Drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Expect little chillier 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 · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

San Diego

— 1 night

America's Finest City

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Marston House Museum, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter. On the next day, stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, take in the exciting artwork at Spanish Village Art Center, and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter evenings in San Diego when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, 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 · Shopping

Anaheim

— 1 night

Heart of Orange County

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

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Anaheim trip itinerary planner.

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 somewhat warmer days in Anaheim, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your trip

Santa Monica

— 1 night

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

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): get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Monica route app.

Getting from Anaheim to Santa Monica by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of train and tram; or do a combination of bus and tram. Traveling from Anaheim in September, expect nights in Santa Monica to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 2 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.
The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art will appeal to museum buffs. Hollywood Walk of Fame and Hollywood Forever Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip maker website.

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Santa Monica. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santa Monica in September: highs in Los Angeles hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 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 · Childrens Museums · Parks · Shopping

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 29th (Sun), hike along Panorama Trail and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (27°C), and nights are much colder (3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sacramento.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Sacramento

— 1 night

River City

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. On the 30th (Mon), 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 through Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sacramento day trip planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Sacramento by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, things will get a bit warmer in Sacramento: highs are around 36°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sacramento

Parks · Museums · Fun & Games · Historic Sites

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

On the 1st (Tue), get curious at California Academy of Sciences, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, and then take a leisurely stroll along 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 enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco day trip planner.

Drive from Sacramento to San Francisco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Sacramento in September, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Auburn.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums · Parks

Auburn

— 1 night
Auburn is the county seat of Placer County, California. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at West Coast Falconry and then look for gifts at Lazy Dog Chocolateria.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Auburn vacation maker website.

You can drive from San Francisco to Auburn in 2 hours. October in Auburn sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auburn

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

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.