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

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

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

Start: Manchester
Fly:  14​h
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  12​h 15​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Manchester

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to Castello di Amorosa and Wine Tours & Tastings. The adventure continues: stroll through Alcatraz Island, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, make a trip to Lombard Street, and get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco tour itinerary builder site .

Manchester, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Manchester to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In September, San Francisco is somewhat warmer than Manchester - with highs of 27°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Wine Tours & Tastings

2
nights
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 15th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Seventeen Mile Drive, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then take in the views from Bixby Bridge.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Carmel tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In September in Carmel, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Monterey, Bixby Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

4
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glacier Point and El Capitan. There's lots more to do: get great views at Tunnel View, explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, and trek along Tuolumne Meadows.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park day trip app .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from Carmel in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

5
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bright Angel Trail and Mather Point. Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, trek along South Kaibab Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at North Kaibab Trail, and take some stellar pictures from Powell Point.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park online tour planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 12.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Valley of Fire State Park and Helicopter Tours. There's lots more to do: listen to music at Bellagio Fountains, make a trip to The Strip, take an in-depth tour of Titanic, and try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, expect nights in Las Vegas to be warmer, around 26°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 40°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Valley of Fire State Park, Helicopter Tours
Highlights from your plan
Battlefield Vegas ©
Battlefield Vegas
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio

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