24 days in West Coast, Grand Canyon National Park & Las Vegas Itinerary

24 days in West Coast, Grand Canyon National Park & Las Vegas Itinerary

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to San Francisco
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
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San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lands End and Walking tours. Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Bay. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, walk around Presidio of San Francisco, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner.

Cardiff, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour combination of train and flight. Traveling from Cardiff to San Francisco, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Cardiff, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Nature

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome. Step out of the city life by going to Yosemite Falls and Vernal Fall. There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park attractions planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, learn about winemaking at A Taste of Monterey-Wine Market & Bistro, then kick back and relax at McAbee Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Breakwater. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Path of History, appreciate the history behind The Cannery Row Monument, then identify plant and animal life at California Sea Otter Game Refuge, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Monterey trip itinerary app.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Monterey by car takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you will find days in Monterey are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are a bit warmer (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

San Simeon

— 2 nights
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Limekiln State Park, then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, then stop by Sebastian General Store, and finally get great views at Ragged Point.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Simeon travel route planner.

You can drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Monterey in July, plan for much warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 40°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 4 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Newport Beach and Crystal Cove. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Main Beach (in Laguna Beach), Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica) and Malibu (El Matador State Beach & Zuma Beach). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at 26-Mile Bike Path, make a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, catch a movie at California Science Center, and deepen your understanding at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles tour itinerary planner.

Getting from San Simeon to Los Angeles by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Los Angeles, with highs around 33°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, and then take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. In July, Death Valley National Park is somewhat warmer than Los Angeles - with highs of 45°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature

Grand Canyon National Park

— 3 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Escape the urban bustle at Point Imperial Drive and Inner Canyon. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to East Rim Drive and Maricopa Point. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, trek along Hermit Trail, explore the stunning scenery at Hermit Road, and admire the landmark architecture of Lookout Studio.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park travel planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Death Valley National Park to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, plan for little chillier days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 34°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

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.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The LINQ Promenade and The Neon Museum. Explore Las Vegas' surroundings by going to Willow Beach (in Fort Mohave) and Spring Mountains Visitor Center (in Mount Charleston). Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, try your luck at Casino At The Venetian, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

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You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July: highs in Las Vegas hover around 47°C, while lows dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips