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

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

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

Start: London
+2
Fly + Tram + Bus:  18​h
1
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Monterey
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: London

4
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 Rim Trail and South Kaibab Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Mather Point and Bright Angel Trail. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Desert View Watchtower, hike along North Kaibab Trail, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and get great views at Hopi Point.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park itinerary planning website .

London, UK to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from London to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in September: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Valley of Fire State Park and Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. For shopping fun, head to The Strip or Downtown Container Park. There's lots more to do: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, don't miss a visit to Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign, look for gifts at Las Vegas North Premium Outlets, and have fun at Battlefield Vegas.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Las Vegas trip app .

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. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, expect nights in Las Vegas to be much hotter, around 25°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 39°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trip

Valley of Fire State Park
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park

4
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.
We've included these beaches for you: La Jolla Shores Park and Pacific Beach. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and Point Loma will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Las Vegas to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Las Vegas in September: highs in San Diego hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

2
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 18th (Fri): take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Monica Bay, then stop by LA Farmers' Market, and finally browse the different shops at The Grove. On the next day, don't miss a visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and then find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles road trip planner .

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay
LA Farmers' Market ©
LA Farmers' Market

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sentinel Dome and Vernal Fall. Escape the urban bustle at Tioga Pass and Yosemite Falls. And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, and make a trip to Washburn Point.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Muir Woods National Monument and Alcatraz Island. Step off the beaten path and head to Safari West and NFL Shop Pier 39. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, get curious at Exploratorium, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, San Francisco is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Safari West
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to San Simeon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Bixby Bridge, trek along Point Lobos, and then stroll through Carmel River State Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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