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: Poznan
Fly:  12​h
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Death Valley National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h
9
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
10
Napa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
11
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Poznan

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco journey planner .

Poznan, Poland to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Poznan to San Francisco, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in San Francisco are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum

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. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take in the history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission and then stroll through Dennis the Menace Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Carmel road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Carmel are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Dennis the Menace Park
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dennis the Menace Park ©
Dennis the Menace Park

4
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. Pack the 20th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip maker site .

You can fly from Carmel to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Carmel in July, things will get a bit warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 33°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

4
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to San Diego Zoo Safari Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Kids will enjoy San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego. And it doesn't end there: have fun at Petco Park, head off the coast to Coronado Island, go for a walk through Tuna Harbor Park, and examine the collection at USS Midway Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our San Diego trip planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: highs in San Diego hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 23°C. On the 27th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trips

Coronado Island, San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
San Diego Zoo Safari Park ©
San Diego Zoo Safari Park

1
night
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.
For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Las Vegas journey app .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Las Vegas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in July, expect nights in Las Vegas to be somewhat warmer, around 32°C, while days are much hotter, around 47°C. You will leave for Grand Canyon National Park on the 28th (Sun).

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nightlife Outdoors Tours

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): trek along South Kaibab Trail, then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, then explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, and finally engage your brain at Yavapai Geology Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner.

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 changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in July, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be much colder, temps between 34°C and 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Yavapai Point ©
Yavapai Point

1
night
Las Vegas

Las Vegas
To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Las Vegas road trip planning app .

Do a combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, you will find days in Las Vegas are a bit warmer (47°C), and nights are much warmer (32°C). On the 29th (Mon), you're off toDeath Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nightlife Outdoors Tours

1
day
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes and then take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Death Valley National Park day trip tool .

Getting from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Death Valley National Park, with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Mosaic Canyon ©
Mosaic Canyon
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes ©
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

2
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
On the 30th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then admire all the interesting features of Generals Hwy. On the next day, explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park day trip planning app .

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, plan for little chillier nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Napa.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Roaring River Falls ©
Roaring River Falls

1
night
Napa

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Napa journey planner.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Napa takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of car and train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, with highs in Napa at 30°C and lows at 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Napa

Tours
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lands End and Marin Headlands. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Exploratorium and Japanese Tea Garden. See some other sides of San Francisco: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, enjoy breathtaking views from Coit Tower, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and don't miss a visit to Lombard Street.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary site .

Getting from Napa to San Francisco by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from Napa in August, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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