23 days in California, Grand Canyon National Park & Las Vegas Itinerary

23 days in California, Grand Canyon National Park & Las Vegas Itinerary

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23 days in California, Grand Canyon National Park & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Bucharest
Fly:  19​h
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 2 nights
7
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Bucharest

1
night
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 16th (Tue): discover the magic at Disneyland Park. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at The Hollywood Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, then stroll through Santa Monica Beach, and finally shop like a local with Third Street Promenade.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip maker tool .

Bucharest, Romania to Los Angeles is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Bucharest to Los Angeles, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Bucharest in January; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 24°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
The Hollywood Museum ©
The Hollywood Museum

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.
On the 18th (Thu), examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and then shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

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Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. January in San Diego sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

5
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.
Get outdoors at Grand Canyon South Rim and Kolb Studio. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tusayan Museum and Hermit's Rest. On the 22nd (Mon), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's much more to do: trek along Rim Trail, stop by Lookout Studio, take in a show at Hopi House, and take some stellar pictures from Mather Point.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip planner.

Getting from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 8.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from San Diego in January, with highs in Grand Canyon National Park at 7°C and lows at -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for travel 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
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 26th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater, and then contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon, and then see the interesting displays at Lone Pine Film History Museums.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Grand Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January, expect Death Valley National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 18°C and -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Museum of Western Film History
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and then examine the collection at The Mob Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Las Vegas online road trip planner .

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 4°C in Las Vegas. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): stroll through Baker Beach, browse the different shops at Ghirardelli Square, and then wander the streets of Chinatown. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Las Vegas in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 8°C in San Francisco. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Francisco

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park
Chinatown ©
Chinatown
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Exploratorium and Fisherman's Wharf. Enjoy San Francisco some more: admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum, take a leisurely stroll along The Embarcadero, take a stroll through Union Square, and see the interesting displays at de Young Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planning tool .

Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): stop by Hollywood & Highland, then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and finally enjoy some music at Third Street Promenade.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Los Angeles driving holiday planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Los Angeles by combination of flight and train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in February: highs in Los Angeles hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Neighborhoods Beaches

Side Trip

Third Street Promenade
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard

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