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: Sydney
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  13​h
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Sydney

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Family-friendly places like Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences will thrill your kids. Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and Castello di Amorosa are in your itinerary. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley--about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Francisco attractions site .

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -18 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in April, with highs in San Francisco at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach and then kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Partington Cove, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Carmel online driving holiday planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. April in Carmel sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): trek along May Lake Trailhead. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, then get great views at Tunnel View, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in April, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (17°C), and nights are much colder (-2°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
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El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to South Kaibab Trail and Bright Angel Trail. Get outdoors at Rim Trail and Kolb Studio. It doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim and look for gifts at Canyon Village Marketplace.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park road trip planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of taxi, bus, and flight takes about 13 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. April in Grand Canyon National Park sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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.
Let the collections at Titanic and Madame Tussauds Las Vegas capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Strip and The Neon Museum. Take a break from Las Vegas with a short trip to Valley of Fire State Park in Overton, about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, examine the collection at The Mob Museum, enjoy some music at Bellagio Fountains, and admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Las Vegas using our trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in April: highs in Las Vegas hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Valley of Fire State Park
Highlights from your plan
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park
The Strip ©
The Strip

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.
Get outdoors at Santa Monica Beach and Bronson Caves. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Getty Center The Publications and La Brea Tar Pits & Museum. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Disneyland Park in Anaheim--about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner .

Getting from Las Vegas to Los Angeles by combination of flight and train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. When traveling from Las Vegas in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 15°C at night. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica State Beach, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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