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

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

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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
— Few hours
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— Few hours
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Las Vegas
— 3 nights

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

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 Grace Cathedral. Get some cultural insight at Modus Operandi Cellars and Prager Winery & Port Works. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: St. Helena (Pride Mountain Vineyards & Schweiger Vineyards). Next up on the itinerary: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, visit Little Italy, admire the masterpieces at International Art Museum of America, and steep yourself in history at The Jimi Hendrix House.

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

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Must see
Asian Art Museum
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Religious Site
Grace Cathedral
4.6

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San Jose

San Jose ©

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
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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. 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 · Trails · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your trip
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Religious Site
Carmel Mission
4.5
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Neighborhood
Ocean Avenue
4.5

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©

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

Trails · Outdoors · Parks
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Hiking Trail
Partington Cove
4.9

1
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Morro Bay

Morro Bay ©
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, learn about winemaking at Rotta Winery, learn about all things military at Morro Bay Maritime Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Anchor Memorial Park, then shop like a local with Fiona Bleu Gallery, and finally stop by The Shell Shop. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Epoch Estate Wines, then do a tasting at Whalebone Vineyard, and then do a tasting at Oso Libre.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Morro Bay trip planner.

You can drive from Big Sur to Morro Bay in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Big Sur in May, expect nights in Morro Bay to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Wineries · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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Winery / Vineyard
Whalebone Vineyard
4.9
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Winery / Vineyard
Epoch Estate Wines
4.4

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©

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 · Trails · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Santa Monica

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.
Highlights from your trip

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©

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 Briar Rose Winery (in Temecula), March Field Air Museum (in Riverside) and Little Corona Beach (in Corona del Mar). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Japanese American National Museum, take an in-depth tour of Skirball Cultural Center, stroll the grounds of Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, and admire the striking features of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles travel route planning tool.

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Santa Monica. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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Winery / Vineyard
Vindemia Estate Winery
4.6

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©

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), do sightseeing your way with 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, put a fun spin on your tour with 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 4.5 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

Highlights from your trip
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Scavenger Hunt
Alibi Las Vegas
4.8
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Specialty Museum
The Auto Collections
4.1

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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.
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 · Nightlife · Shopping
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Kolb Studio
4.6
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Performance
Hopi House
4.3

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©

Sin City

On the 20th (Thu), partake in some friendly competition 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

Highlights from your trip
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Scavenger Hunt
Alibi Las Vegas
4.8

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