23 days in California, Grand Canyon National Park & Kingman Itinerary

23 days in California, Grand Canyon National Park & Kingman Itinerary

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23 days in California, Grand Canyon National Park & Kingman Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Anaheim
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Kingman
— 2 nights
4
Kingman
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Bus:  9​h 30​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Bus:  5​h
7
South Lake Tahoe
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Big Sur
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h 45​min
10
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Brisbane

2
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): find something for the whole family at Disney California Adventure Park.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Anaheim tour planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Anaheim is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Anaheim is minus 18 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Brisbane in June: high temperatures in Anaheim hover around 31°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): trek along South Kaibab Trail, then get great views at Yaki Point, and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Mather Point and then hike along Rim Trail.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip builder.

Drive from Anaheim to Grand Canyon National Park in 7.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Anaheim to Grand Canyon National Park. Expect colder evenings in Grand Canyon National Park when traveling from Anaheim in June, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kingman.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

2
nights
Kingman

Kingman ©
Kingman is a city in and the county seat of Mohave County, Arizona, United States. On the 28th (Thu), take in the pleasant sights at Oatman Gift Shack, take in the views from London Bridge, and then explore the activities along Lake Havasu. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Keepers of the Wild Nature Park, then see the interesting displays at Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection, and then go for a walk through Riverwalk.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kingman vacation builder.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Kingman in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in June, you will find days in Kingman are a bit warmer (41°C), and nights are much hotter (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Kingman.

Things to do in Kingman

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Laughlin, Lake Havasu City, Oatman Gift Shack, Keepers of the Wild Nature Park
Highlights from your plan
Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection ©
Keepers of the Wild Nature Park ©
Keepers of the Wild Nature Park
Lake Havasu ©
Lake Havasu

2
nights
Kingman

Kingman ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Oatman Gift Shack and then see the interesting displays at Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Hackberry General Store, then look for all kinds of wild species at Keepers of the Wild Nature Park, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Desert Diamond Distillery, and finally take an in-depth tour of Arizona Route 66 Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kingman itinerary maker.

Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Kingman

Museums Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection, Hackberry General Store, Oatman Gift Shack, Keepers of the Wild Nature Park
Highlights from your plan
Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection ©
Keepers of the Wild Nature Park ©
Keepers of the Wild Nature Park
Desert Diamond Distillery ©
Desert Diamond Distillery

2
nights
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 2nd (Mon): admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr, then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater, and then get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park vacation planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kingman to Death Valley National Park. The time zone difference when traveling from Kingman to Death Valley National Park is minus 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 45°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

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.
Spend the 6th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park sightseeing planner.

You can take a bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, expect Yosemite National Park to be much colder, temps between 32°C and 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

few
hours
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Bring the kids along to Alcatraz Island and California Academy of Sciences. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, make a trip to Lombard Street, get great views at Twin Peaks, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read San Francisco itinerary builder.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and subway; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July, plan for slightly colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Childrens Museums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

few
hours
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Big Sur trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from San Francisco to Big Sur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. In July in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 14°C at night. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood. On your second day here, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online itinerary creator.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Big Sur to Los Angeles in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Big Sur in July, expect Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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