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

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

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

Start: Sydney
Fly:  20​h
1
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Death Valley National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Sydney

2
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Hoover Dam in Boulder City (about 50 minutes away). There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and shop like a local with The Strip.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas journey planner.

Sydney, Australia to Las Vegas is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -18 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in November: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 23°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

2
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.
Spend the 3rd (Tue) exploring nature at Grand Canyon National Park. On the 4th (Wed), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, engage your brain at Yavapai Geology Museum, and take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 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 December, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be cooler, around -11°C, while days are little chillier, around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Yavapai Geology Museum ©
Yavapai Geology Museum
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

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 5th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine, explore the stunning scenery at Echo Canyon, and then get great views at Dante's View.

To plan Death Valley National Park vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 7 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. In December, Death Valley National Park is somewhat warmer than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 15°C and lows of 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Eureka Mine ©
Eureka Mine
Dante's View ©
Dante's View

3
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.
Family-friendly places like San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, browse the exhibits of Maritime Museum of San Diego, examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Diego trip planning tool .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to San Diego in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Death Valley National Park in December, with highs in San Diego at 23°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Balboa Park ©
Balboa 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 enjoy Disneyland Park and Universal Studios Hollywood. Change things up with a short trip to Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim (about 38 minutes away). There's still lots to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Los Angeles route maker app .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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.
Kids will enjoy Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and hike along Tuolumne Meadows.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in December: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 9°C and lows are around -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Dedicate the 18th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 17°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 8°C. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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