23 days in California & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

23 days in California & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States attractions planner

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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lee Vining
— 1 night
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Wawona
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Davenport
— 2 nights
Drive
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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

— 3 nights

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 15.5-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

Grand Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
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 car from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. 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

Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

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

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Lee Vining

— 1 night
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

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Wawona

— 3 nights
Wawona is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. Discover out-of-the-way places like Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. Take a break from the city and head to Yosemite, Tunnel View and Mariposa Grove. 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.

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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 · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 3 nights

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 · Wildlife

Side Trips

Davenport

— 2 nights
Davenport is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Cruz County, California. Explore hidden gems such as Davenport Landing Beach and Bonny Doon Vineyard Tasting Room. Get in touch with nature at Shark Fin Cove and Berry Creek Falls. Step out of Davenport to go to La Honda and see Portola Redwoods State Park, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's more to do: relax in the rural setting at Swanton Berry Farm and immerse yourself in nature at Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Davenport trip planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Davenport in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. On the 17th (Sun), you're off to Big Sur.

Things to do in Davenport

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur

— 2 nights

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 · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

— 3 nights

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 Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Carpinteria State Beach and Oxnard Beach Park. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park, wander the streets of State Street Underpass, examine the collection at Reagan Ranch Center, and trek along Cabrillo Bike Path.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Santa Barbara takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. While traveling from Big Sur, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 1 day

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 catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

Yosemite National Park travel guide

4.6
World heritage site · Geologic Formations · Waterfalls
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. There isn't just one icon by which the park defines itself; visitors divide their attention between the smooth, round, and colossal face of Half Dome, the sheer cliff of El Capitan, the striking Upper Yosemite Falls, the mighty Vernal Falls, and the widely stretched Yosemite Valley. This landscape draws outdoor enthusiasts with its array of hiking trails, rock-climbing routes, and fishing rivers and streams. Casual visitors feel at home here too, thanks to the handful of paved roads that provide easy vehicle access to numerous vista points and trailheads. Yosemite sees 3.7 million visitors per year on average, but 95 percent of the park is wilderness that offers the opportunity to glimpse black bears, bighorn sheep, and mountain lions.