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

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

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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St. Helena
— 1 night
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South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
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Truckee
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Monterey
— 2 nights
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San Luis Obispo
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Anaheim
— 3 nights
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Palm Springs
— 1 night
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Mojave
— 1 night
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 15th (Sun), take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street and then examine the collection at Cable Car Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then shop like a local with Ghirardelli Square.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco holiday maker.

Copenhagen, Denmark to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Copenhagen to San Francisco is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Copenhagen in December, things will get somewhat warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 17°C and lows about 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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St. Helena

The city of St.
On the 18th (Wed), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Helena trip planner.

Getting from San Francisco to St. Helena by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in December since evenings lows in St. Helena dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours · Wineries

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings

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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.
On the 19th (Thu), explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park and then fly down the slopes at Rock House Discount Ski & Snowboard Rentals. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Adventure Mountain and then have some family-friendly fun at Magic Carpet Golf.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe trip planner.

Getting from St. Helena to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December, South Lake Tahoe is slightly colder than St. Helena - with highs of 8°C and lows of -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Truckee.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Emerald Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
Rock House Discount Ski & Snowboard Rentals ©
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Magic Carpet Golf ©
Magic Carpet Golf

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Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. On the 21st (Sat), glide through natural beauty at Tahoe Cross Country and then walk around Kings Beach State Recreation Area. Here are some ideas for day two: trot along with Tahoe Donner and then stroll around Truckee Bike Park.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Truckee trip maker.

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Truckee by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Tahoe Cross Country, Kings Beach State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Tahoe Donner ©
Tahoe Donner
Truckee Bike Park ©
Truckee Bike Park
Kings Beach State Recreation Area ©
Kings Beach State Recreation Area

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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.
Attractions like Badger Pass Ski Area and Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, make a trip to Olmsted Point, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and take in the views from Pohono Bridge.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker website.

Take a bus from Truckee to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. December in Yosemite National Park sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of -11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos and then get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Monterey Bay, then cruise along 17-Mile Drive, and then see the interesting displays at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Monterey online trip builder.

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Monterey

Nature · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Point Lobos
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

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San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo ©
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Friends of the Elephant Seal and Moonstone Beach. Step out of San Luis Obispo with an excursion to Moonstone Beach Dr in Cambria--about 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Grove, explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and get great views at Anchor Memorial Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Luis Obispo travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Luis Obispo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In December, daily temperatures in San Luis Obispo can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Morro Bay, Cambria, Pismo Beach, Friends of the Elephant Seal, Speed Boats Tours
Highlights from your plan
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Speed Boats Tours

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): examine the collection at The Getty Center, Head underground at Bronson Caves, and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles day trip tool.

Traveling by car from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Luis Obispo in December since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and Downtown Disney. Have a day of magic on the 3rd (Fri) at Disney California Adventure Park. It doesn't end there: catch some excitement at Grizzly River Run.

Planning Anaheim trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Anaheim in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Anaheim sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Anaheim

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

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at Tahquitz Canyon, then explore the ancient world of Indian Canyons, and then stop by Brandini Toffee.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Palm Springs trip site.

You can drive from Anaheim to Palm Springs in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mojave.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Tahquitz Canyon ©
Tahquitz Canyon
Brandini Toffee ©
Brandini Toffee

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Mojave

Mojave
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): hike along Mojave Trail.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Mojave travel route tool.

Getting from Palm Springs to Mojave by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Palm Springs in January, expect Mojave to be a bit cooler, temps between 17°C and 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Mojave

Trails · Outdoors · Parks

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 7th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, then contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip site.

Traveling by car from Mojave to Death Valley National Park takes 3 hours. Traveling from Mojave in January, expect little chillier with lows of 1°C in Death Valley National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Eureka Mine ©
Eureka Mine

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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.
Bring the kids along to Grand Canyon South Rim and Rim Trail. On the 8th (Wed), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's much more to do: get curious at Yavapai Geology Museum, explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, and take some stellar pictures from Mather Point.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park driving holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in January, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 7°C by day to -11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and then have some family-friendly fun at The Roller Coaster. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, then don't miss a visit to The Strip, and then make a trip to Fountains of Bellagio.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas online attractions planner.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 17°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area ©
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

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