23 days in California, Grand Canyon National Park & Navajo Dam Itinerary

23 days in California, Grand Canyon National Park & Navajo Dam Itinerary

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23 days in California, Grand Canyon National Park & Navajo Dam Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  20​h 15​min
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Needles
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive + bus:  6​h
7
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
bus:  7​h 30​min
8
Tahoe City
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Napa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
10
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Carmel
— Few hours
bus:  30​min
12
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
13
Santa Barbara
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
14
Anaheim
— 1 night
train:  30​min
15
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5​h
16
Navajo Dam
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  32​h
End: Singapore

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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.
On the 8th (Sun), see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier.

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Singapore, Singapore to Los Angeles is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Singapore Time (SGT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -16 hour difference. When traveling from Singapore in December, plan for slightly colder days in Los Angeles, with highs around 24°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of the Rosary Church, and finally shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego visit planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. December in San Diego sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter
Our Lady of the Rosary Church ©
Our Lady of the Rosary Church

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Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
On the 10th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Barker Dam Trail and then contemplate the long history of Keys Ranch.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Joshua Tree National Park trip site .

Drive from San Diego to Joshua Tree National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Diego in December; daily highs in Joshua Tree National Park reach 19°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Needles.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Keys Ranch ©
Keys Ranch

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Needles

Needles ©
Needles is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): go for a stroll along the water at Pirate Cove Resort, then get your game on at GoZip Pirate Cove, and then stroll around Jack Smith Memorial Park.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Needles using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to Needles takes 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Needles when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in December, with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Needles

Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Pirate Cove Resort ©
Pirate Cove Resort

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): admire the striking features of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, and then look for gifts at Canyon Village Marketplace. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Bright Angel Trail.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip maker website .

Getting from Needles to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 4 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Needles to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Needles in December; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 8°C and lows reach -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Canyon Village Marketplace ©
Canyon Village Marketplace
Grand Canyon Railway Depot ©
Grand Canyon Railway Depot

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Death Valley National Park tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December, expect Death Valley National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 15°C and 0°C. You'll set off for Yosemite National Park on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

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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.
To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park online journey planner .

You can do a combination of car and bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Death Valley National Park in December, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 9°C and lows at -11°C. On the 15th (Sun), you'll travel to Tahoe City.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

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Tahoe City

Tahoe City ©
Tahoe City is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Town Auburn and Lake Tahoe. Head to Baiocchi Tasting Room and Fine Eye Galleryfor some retail therapy. Explore Tahoe City's surroundings by going to Sand Harbor (in Incline Village), West Coast Falconry (in Marysville) and Empire Mine State Historic Park (in Grass Valley). There's lots more to do: ski along the peaceful trails at Tahoe Cross Country, trek along Eagle Falls Trail, cruise along Inspiration Point Vista, and get engrossed in the history at Gatekeeper's Museum.

Discover how to plan a Tahoe City trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Tahoe City in 7.5 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Tahoe City, ranging from highs of 5°C to lows of -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Napa.

Things to do in Tahoe City

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Sutter Creek, West Coast Falconry, Lake Tahoe, Sand Harbor, Emerald Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
West Coast Falconry ©
West Coast Falconry
Hellman-Ehrman Mansion ©
Hellman-Ehrman Mansion
Renwood Winery ©
Renwood Winery

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Napa

Napa ©
Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): stop by Oxbow Public Market, learn about winemaking at Domaine Carneros, admire the masterpieces at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum, then do a tasting at Baldacci Family Vineyards, and finally shop like a local with Mumm Napa.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Napa trip planner .

You can drive from Tahoe City to Napa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In December, Napa is a bit warmer than Tahoe City - with highs of 17°C and lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Mumm Napa
Highlights from your plan
Domaine Carneros ©
Domaine Carneros
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa
Oxbow Public Market ©
Oxbow Public Market

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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 22nd (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, then take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Union Square, then buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Funston National Park.

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Traveling by car from Napa to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from Napa in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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Carmel

Carmel
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Discover how to plan a Carmel trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Carmel are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. You will leave for Big Sur on the 19th (Thu).

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Tours

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Big Sur

Big Sur
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Big Sur driving holiday planner.

Big Sur is just a short distance from Carmel. December in Big Sur sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. You will leave for Santa Barbara on the 24th (Tue).

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Nature

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
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.
On the 24th (Tue), take a stroll through State Street Underpass and then take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara online tour planner .

Drive from Big Sur to Santa Barbara in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Santa Barbara are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Anaheim.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Scenic Drive Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Stearns Wharf ©
Stearns Wharf

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Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Anaheim itinerary builder .

Getting from Santa Barbara to Anaheim by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 9°C in Anaheim. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can take a train to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
On the 26th (Thu), immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, then get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and finally make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Los Angeles is very close to Anaheim. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Navajo Dam.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Hollywood Walk of Fame ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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Navajo Dam

Navajo Dam ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): do a tasting at Wines of the San Juan, then explore the ancient world of Aztec Ruins National Monument, and then do a tasting at Fox Fire Farms Winery. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get some jogging in at Berg/Animas Trail and then sample the tasty concoctions at Three Rivers Brewery.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Navajo Dam online trip builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Los Angeles to Navajo Dam. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Navajo Dam is 1 hour. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in December; daily highs in Navajo Dam reach 5°C and lows reach -12°C. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Navajo Dam

Wineries Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Farmington, Wines of the San Juan, Aztec Ruins National Monument, Fox Fire Farms Winery
Highlights from your plan
Wines of the San Juan ©
Wines of the San Juan
Aztec Ruins National Monument ©
Aztec Ruins National Monument
Fox Fire Farms Winery ©
Fox Fire Farms Winery

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