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

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

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

Start: Aarhus
Fly:  21​h
1
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Death Valley National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
4
Mojave
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Anaheim
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
8
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
9
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
10
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
11
Napa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
12
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Aarhus

2
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.
Step out of Las Vegas with an excursion to Hoover Dam in Boulder City--about 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, and examine the collection at The Mob Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip itinerary planning tool .

Aarhus, Denmark to Las Vegas is an approximately 21-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Aarhus to Las Vegas. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Aarhus in December: highs in Las Vegas hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

2
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.
On the 20th (Fri), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Hopi Point, see the interesting displays at Yavapai Geology Museum, and go for a walk through Pipe Creek Vista.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park online travel planner .

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 changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in December, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are slightly colder (8°C), and nights are colder (-11°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Yavapai Geology Museum ©
Yavapai Geology Museum
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

1
day
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and then get great views at Dante's View.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park day trip site .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December, expect Death Valley National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 15°C and 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mojave.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Eureka Mine ©
Eureka Mine

1
night
Mojave

Mojave
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): trek along Mojave Trail.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Mojave day trip app .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Mojave takes 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Mojave can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for travel to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Mojave

Trails Parks Outdoors

1
night
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the stunning scenery at Tahquitz Canyon, then look for all kinds of wild species at Murray Canyon Trail, and then don't miss a visit to Frey House II.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Palm Springs trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Mojave to Palm Springs in 3.5 hours. In December, Palm Springs is somewhat warmer than Mojave - with highs of 24°C and lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Tahquitz Canyon ©
Tahquitz Canyon
Frey House II ©
Frey House II

3
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like San Diego Zoo and San Diego Air & Space Museum. There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at SeaWorld San Diego, see the interesting displays at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

3
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Family-friendly places like Disneyland Park and Redwood Creek Challenge Trail will thrill your kids. Have a day of magic on the 29th (Sun) at Disney California Adventure Park. There's more to do: make a trip to Downtown Disney.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Anaheim holiday planning site .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Anaheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Anaheim can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

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

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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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Universal Studios Hollywood and Santa Monica Pier. The adventure continues: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves, and get curious at California Science Center.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip tool .

Los Angeles is just a stone's throw from Anaheim. December in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

3
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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Hoffmann, get answers to all your questions at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park tour itinerary maker website .

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. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, things will get colder in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 7°C and lows about -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area ©
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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day
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): hit the slopes at Adventure Mountain and then explore and take pictures at Tahoe Trout Farm.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe road trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 6.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in South Lake Tahoe, with lows around -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Napa.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Adventure Mountain ©
Adventure Mountain
Tahoe Trout Farm ©
Tahoe Trout Farm

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nights
Napa

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
On the 7th (Tue), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. On your second day here, look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market, learn about winemaking at Baldacci Family Vineyards, then don't miss a visit to Sonoma Barracks, then admire the architecture and history at Mission San Francisco Solano, and finally don't miss a visit to Sonoma Plaza.

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

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Napa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In January, Napa is a bit warmer than South Lake Tahoe - with highs of 17°C and lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Napa

Tours Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Sonoma
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Sonoma Plaza ©
Sonoma Plaza
Mission San Francisco Solano ©
Mission San Francisco Solano

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will enjoy Exploratorium and Japanese Tea Garden. There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Park, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco vacation planner .

Drive from Napa to San Francisco in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from Napa in January, San Francisco is a bit warmer at night with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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