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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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Carmel
— 1 night
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Las Vegas
— 5 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
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Anaheim
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 6 nights
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San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Bring the kids along to Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Exploratorium and Muir Woods National Monument. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco online travel route planner.

Melbourne, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Melbourne to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Melbourne, expect cooler days and slightly colder nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Carmel

— 1 night
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 8th (Wed), kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Carmel trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in January, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Beaches · Nature · Outdoors

Las Vegas

— 5 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.
Bring the kids along to Axe Monkeys and Gun Garage. 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. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, have some family-friendly fun at Dig This, have fun at Machine Guns Vegas, and make a trip to Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas attractions website.

Getting from Carmel to Las Vegas by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Las Vegas can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Fun & Games · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Grand Canyon National Park

— 5 nights
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 Rim Trail. Kids will appreciate attractions like Hualapai Hilltop and Grand Canyon South Rim. On the 16th (Thu), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, see the interesting displays at Yavapai Geology Museum, take in breathtaking views at Hermit Road, and go for a walk through 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 · Nature

Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

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

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Anaheim

— 4 nights

Heart of Orange County

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 District and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. There's still lots to do: get your game on at Flightdeck Simulation Center, experience the excitement of Toy Story Midway Mania!, and identify plant and animal life at Oak Canyon Nature Center.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Anaheim trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Anaheim takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in January: high temperatures in Anaheim hover around 25°C and lows are around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Wildlife · Parks

Los Angeles

— 6 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.
Family-friendly places like The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Battleship USS Iowa Museum will thrill your kids. Step off the beaten path and head to Santa Monica Bay and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Pack the 26th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online vacation builder.

Drive from Anaheim to Los Angeles in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In January in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

California travel guide

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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.