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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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
Drive:  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.
Bring the kids along to Alcatraz Island and California Academy of Sciences. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Exploratorium and Muir Woods National Monument. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, appreciate the history behind The Wave Organ, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planning app.

Melbourne, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to San Francisco is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in January, you will find days in San Francisco are cooler (17°C), and nights are slightly colder (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough 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): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Carmel tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Carmel are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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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.
Bring the kids along to Axe Monkeys and Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Discover out-of-the-way places like Battlefield Vegas and The Range 702. Step out of Las Vegas with an excursion to Valley of Fire State Park in Overton--about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy some diversion at Gun Garage, get your game on at Vegas Indoor Skydiving, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and examine the collection at Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Carmel to Las Vegas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. 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 Parks Nature

Side Trip

Valley of Fire State Park
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Battlefield Vegas ©
Battlefield Vegas
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area ©
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like South Kaibab Trail and Mather Point. Kids will appreciate attractions like Rim Trail and Hermit Road. On the 16th (Thu), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's lots more to do: stroll through Hualapai Hilltop, explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, enjoy breathtaking views from Desert View Watchtower, and get great views at Pipe Creek Vista.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park road trip 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. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Las Vegas in January, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be colder, around -11°C, while days are little chillier, around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim 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.
On the 19th (Sun), explore the activities along Badwater Basin and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Artists Dr and then get great views at Dante's View.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park travel route builder site.

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. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January; daily highs in Death Valley National Park reach 17°C and lows reach 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Anaheim.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View

4
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kids will enjoy Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. Explore hidden gems such as Downtown Disney and Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center. There's still lots to do: experience the excitement of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and identify plant and animal life at Oak Canyon Nature Center.

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

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Anaheim takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Death Valley National Park in January; daily highs in Anaheim reach 25°C and lows reach 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

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

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.
Family-friendly places like The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Santa Monica Bay will thrill your kids. Step off the beaten path and head to Room Escape Games and California Science Center. Pack the 26th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: learn about all things military at Battleship USS Iowa Museum, admire the masterpieces at The Broad, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip builder.

You can drive from Anaheim to Los Angeles in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows 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
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay
Room Escape Games

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