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

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

Created using Inspirock United States sightseeing planner

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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive
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Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Panorama Trail. And it doesn't end there: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park vacation website.

London, UK to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in September, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, around 3°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Appreciate the collections at Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum. Visiting Alcatraz Island and Marshall’s Beach will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, step aboard SS Jeremiah O'Brien, explore the galleries of USS Pampanito, and kick back and relax at China Beach.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco journey builder website.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Carmel

— 2 nights
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. On the 15th (Sun), immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, kick back and relax at China Cove and Gibson Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, and then kick back and relax at Del Mar Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Carmel day trip tool.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. September in Carmel sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

San Diego

— 2 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Carmel to San Diego takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, San Diego is somewhat warmer than Carmel - with highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches

Palm Springs

— 1 night
On the 19th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Cabot's Pueblo Museum, then explore the stunning scenery at Tahquitz Canyon, then take in the exciting artwork at Antique Galleries of Palm Springs, and finally admire the masterpieces at Palm Springs Art Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Palm Springs online route builder.

You can drive from San Diego to Palm Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in September: highs in Palm Springs hover around 44°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Let the collections at Griffith Observatory and GRAMMY Museum capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Will Rogers State Beach, examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, and learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Palm Springs to Los Angeles by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Palm Springs in September, expect Los Angeles to be a bit cooler, temps between 34°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Beaches · Childrens Museums · Outdoors

Santa Monica

— 2 nights

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, stroll through Carbon Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nicholas Canyon Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Annenberg Community Beach House, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, and then take a stroll through Montana Avenue.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Monica road trip app.

Santa Monica is just a short distance from Los Angeles. When traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Santa Monica, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): get great views at Dante's View, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and then steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of tram, train, bus, and car. Traveling from Santa Monica in September, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Las Vegas

— 2 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, and then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): see the interesting displays at The Neon Museum, try your luck at The Mirage, and then explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip planner.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Las Vegas, with lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites · Nature

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): hike along South Kaibab Trail, then examine the collection at Kolb Studio, then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get curious at Yavapai Geology Museum and then hike along Rim Trail.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in September, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are colder (7°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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.