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

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

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

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
3
Las Vegas
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Anaheim
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
7
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to San Francisco Bay and Cable Car Museum. Kids will enjoy California Academy of Sciences and Exploratorium. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read San Francisco itinerary planner.

Melbourne, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 18 hours. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Melbourne in January: highs in San Francisco hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip maker website .

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in January, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

5
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.
Kids will enjoy Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Valley of Fire State Park and Apocalypse Vegas. There's still lots to do: get your game on at Dig This, ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, make a trip to Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign, and enjoy some diversion at Gun Garage.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Las Vegas online tour itinerary maker .

Fly from Carmel to Las Vegas in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In January in Las Vegas, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Fun & Games Nature Parks

Side Trip

Valley of Fire State Park
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Dig This ©
Dig This
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park

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.
Explore hidden gems such as South Kaibab Trail and Hermit Road. On the 16th (Thu), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's lots more to do: stroll through Rim Trail, explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, get curious at Yavapai Geology Museum, and make a trip to Pipe Creek Vista.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip maker website .

You can drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) 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
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Artists Dr and then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip 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 (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. In January, Death Valley National Park is somewhat warmer than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 17°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

4
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Disneyland Park and Toy Story Midway Mania!. Have a day of magic on the 22nd (Wed) at Disney California Adventure Park. And it doesn't end there: discover the magic at Downtown Disney, take in the dramatic scenery at Oak Canyon Nature Center, experience the excitement of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and have some family-friendly fun at Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Anaheim trip planner .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Anaheim in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Death Valley National Park in January; daily highs in Anaheim reach 25°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Fun & Games Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney

6
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Santa Monica Bay and California Science Center. Attractions like The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Petersen Automotive Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Pack the 26th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, admire the masterpieces at The Broad, get your game on at Virtual Room Los Angeles, and explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles road trip planning website .

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Anaheim. In January, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Fantastic Race ©
Fantastic Race
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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