23 days in California & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

23 days in California & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
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Lee Vining
— 1 night
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Wawona
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Davenport
— 2 nights
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Big Sur
— 2 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 1 day

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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.
Here are some ideas for day two: explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, examine the collection at Skirball Cultural Center, then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Los Angeles, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. May in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach
Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive Museum
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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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 4th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, then take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio, then get great views at Maricopa Point, and finally take some stellar pictures from Powell Point. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Indian Garden, then take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon, then take some stellar pictures from Shoshone Point, and finally take in breathtaking views at Moran Point.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park online holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park. When traveling from Los Angeles in May, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 0°C at night. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Inner Canyon ©
Inner Canyon
Moran Point ©
Moran Point
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lee Vining.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
The Ranch at Furnace Creek ©
The Ranch at Furnace Creek

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Lee Vining

Lee Vining ©
Lee Vining is a census-designated place in Mono County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): hike along Gaylor Lake, trek along Parker Lake Trail, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at June Lake Brewing.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lee Vining trip planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Lee Vining in 4 hours. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in May, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Lee Vining: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Wawona.

Things to do in Lee Vining

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Gaylor Lake ©
Gaylor Lake
June Lake Brewing ©
June Lake Brewing

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Wawona

Wawona ©
Wawona is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. Discover out-of-the-way places like Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove. Take a break from the city and head to Yosemite, Tunnel View and Vernal Fall. Get out of town with these interesting Wawona side-trips: Yosemite National Park (Valley View, Yosemite Falls, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Pioneer Yosemite History Center and admire the sheer force of Chilnualna Falls.

Start your trip to Wawona by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Lee Vining to Wawona takes 2.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lee Vining in May: high temperatures in Wawona hover around 34°C and lows are around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Wawona

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): play a few rounds at Lincoln Park, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Muir Woods National Monument, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and finally explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor, then immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Lands End.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Wawona to San Francisco in 4 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Wawona in May: highs in San Francisco hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Davenport.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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Davenport

Davenport ©
Davenport is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Cruz County, California. Explore hidden gems such as Davenport Landing Beach and Portola Redwoods State Park. Get in touch with nature at Berry Creek Falls and Shark Fin Cove. There's much more to do: do a tasting at Bonny Doon Vineyard Tasting Room, immerse yourself in nature at Big Basin Redwoods State Park, and relax in the rural setting at Swanton Berry Farm.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Davenport trip planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Davenport in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 17th (Sun), you'll travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Davenport

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Big Basin Redwoods State Park ©
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Shark Fin Cove ©
Shark Fin Cove
Portola Redwoods State Park ©
Portola Redwoods State Park

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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): do a tasting at Folktale Winery & Vineyard.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Big Sur travel app.

You can drive from Davenport to Big Sur in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Big Sur are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Limekiln State Park ©
Limekiln State Park
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary ©
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Folktale Winery & Vineyard ©
Folktale Winery & Vineyard

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Old Mission Santa Barbara and Cabrillo Bike Path. Take a break from the city and head to Carpinteria State Beach and Santa Barbara Orchid Estate. Step out of Santa Barbara with an excursion to Oxnard Beach Park in Oxnard--about 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, examine the collection at Reagan Ranch Center, walk around Arroyo Burro County Beach Park, and identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip planner.

You can drive from Big Sur to Santa Barbara in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Big Sur in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Santa Barbara Orchid Estate ©
Santa Barbara Orchid Estate
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Oxnard Beach Park ©
Oxnard Beach Park

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©

City of Angels

Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, then get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

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You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Santa Barbara in May, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
The Broad ©
The Broad
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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