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

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

Created using Inspirock United States tour planner

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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San Jose
— 2 nights
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Carmel
— 1 night
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Big Sur
— 1 night
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Morro Bay
— 1 night
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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Santa Monica
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
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Las Vegas
— 3 nights
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San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Asian Art Museum and Modus Operandi Cellars. Get some cultural insight at Grace Cathedral and Japantown. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: St. Helena (Prager Winery & Port Works, Pride Mountain Vineyards, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get a taste of the local shopping with Haight-Ashbury, see the interesting displays at Museum of Craft and Design, and wander the streets of Little Italy.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Francisco holiday builder.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in May; daily highs in San Francisco reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to San Jose.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods · Museums · Wineries · Tours

Side Trip

San Jose

— 2 nights

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
On the 6th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Jose Betsuin Buddhist Church.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip site.

Drive from San Francisco to San Jose in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Carmel

— 1 night
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 8th (Sat), hike along Scenic Road Walkway, contemplate the long history of Tor House, then take a stroll through Ocean Avenue, and finally do a tasting at Dawn's Dream Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Carmel Mission, steep yourself in history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, and then learn about winemaking at Caraccioli Cellars.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel road trip planning site.

You can drive from San Jose to Carmel in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Jose in May, you will find days in Carmel are slightly colder (21°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Big Sur

— 1 night

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): trek along Partington Cove.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Big Sur visit planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Big Sur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Big Sur are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Big Sur

Outdoors · Trails · Parks
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Morro Bay

— 1 night
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Morro Strand State Beach, do a tasting at Rotta Winery, examine the collection at Morro Bay Maritime Museum, stroll through Anchor Memorial Park, then take in the exciting artwork at Fiona Bleu Gallery, and finally look for gifts at The Shell Shop. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Epoch Estate Wines, then do a tasting at Whalebone Vineyard, and then learn about winemaking at Oso Libre.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Morro Bay trip maker app.

Getting from Big Sur to Morro Bay by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Big Sur in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Morro Bay, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Wineries · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

— 1 night

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip planner.

Traveling by car from Morro Bay to Santa Barbara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trip

Santa Monica

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 12th (Wed): get lost in a book at Santa Monica Public Library.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Santa Monica itinerary website.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in Santa Monica. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles

— 5 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.
We've included these beaches for you: The Wedge and Corona Del Mar State Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Vindemia Estate Winery and Annenberg Space for Photography. Venture out of the city with trips to Little Corona Beach (in Corona del Mar), Briar Rose Winery (in Temecula) and March Field Air Museum (in Riverside). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Japanese American National Museum, get engrossed in the history at Skirball Cultural Center, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and admire the striking features of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

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Los Angeles is just a short distance from Santa Monica. In May in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to fly to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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.
On the 17th (Mon), see the interesting displays at The Liberace Museum Collection, enjoy some diversion at Las Vegas Shooting Center, then see the interesting displays at Nostalgia Street Rods, and finally get your game on at Wreck Room. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have some family-friendly fun at Axehole Vegas, enjoy the dining and entertainment at Alibi Las Vegas, then enjoy some diversion at Strip Gun Club, and finally examine the collection at The Auto Collections.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Las Vegas visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Fun & Games · Museums · Tours · Nightlife

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.
On the 19th (Wed), examine the collection at Kolb Studio and then take in a show at Hopi House.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park planning tool.

Getting from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Las Vegas in May, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Museums · Shopping · Nightlife

Las Vegas

— 3 nights

Sin City

On the 20th (Thu), take in a show at Alibi Las Vegas, then examine the collection at The Auto Collections, then see the interesting displays at Nostalgia Street Rods, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Wreck Room. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Clark County Heritage Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Willow Beach, and then examine the collection at Zak Bagans' The Haunted Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Las Vegas day trip planning app.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 36°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 20°C. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums · Fun & Games · Nightlife · Beaches

Side Trips