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

Start: Copenhagen
Fly:  13​h 30​min
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Truckee
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
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Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
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San Luis Obispo
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
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Anaheim
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
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Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Mojave
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
12
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
13
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Copenhagen

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): don't miss a visit to 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, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Ghirardelli Square.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco day trip tool .

Copenhagen, Denmark to San Francisco is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Copenhagen to San Francisco, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Copenhagen in December, with highs in San Francisco at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Museums Childrens Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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St. Helena

The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the St. Helena attractions website .

You can drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in St. Helena, with lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings 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 get your game on at Magic Carpet Golf.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from St. Helena to South Lake Tahoe takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Truckee.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Emerald Bay State Park
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Adventure Mountain ©
Adventure Mountain
Magic Carpet Golf ©
Magic Carpet Golf

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Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): ski along the peaceful trails at Tahoe Cross Country and then stroll through Kings Beach State Recreation Area. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: glide through natural beauty at Tahoe Donner and then grab your bike and head to Truckee Bike Park.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Truckee trip planner .

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Truckee takes 1.5 hours. December in Truckee sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel 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.
Kids will enjoy 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, make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, and fly down the slopes at Curry Village Ice Rink.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park tour builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Truckee to Yosemite National Park. In December in Yosemite National Park, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and -11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): explore the activities along Monterey Bay, take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, and then explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Monterey holiday builder .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in December: highs in Monterey hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Nature 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. Kids will enjoy Speed Boats Tours and Moonstone Beach. Explore San Luis Obispo's surroundings by going to Elephant Seal Rookery (in San Simeon) and Moonstone Beach Dr (in Cambria). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Monarch Butterfly Grove, take in the waterfront at Pismo Pier, explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock, and explore and take pictures at Anchor Memorial Park.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Luis Obispo route app .

Drive from Monterey to San Luis Obispo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in San Luis Obispo are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Morro Bay, Cambria, Pismo Beach, Speed Boats Tours, Elephant Seal Rookery
Highlights from your plan
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
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): see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then Head underground at Bronson Caves, and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Los Angeles day trip planner.

You can fly from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from San Luis Obispo in December, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to take a train 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.
Kids will enjoy Disneyland Park and Grizzly River Run. Have a day of magic on the 3rd (Fri) at Disney California Adventure Park. There's still lots to do: try out the rides at Downtown Disney.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Anaheim trip itinerary planner.

Anaheim is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. In January, daytime highs in Anaheim are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car 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 ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. On the 5th (Sun), take in breathtaking views at Tahquitz Canyon, then explore the stunning scenery at Indian Canyons, and then look for gifts at Brandini Toffee.

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Getting from Anaheim to Palm Springs by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up 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
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): trek along Mojave Trail.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mojave road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Mojave takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Palm Springs in January, expect Mojave to be slightly colder, temps between 17°C and 6°C. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Mojave

Outdoors Trails 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), explore the activities along Badwater Basin, steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park tour builder site .

You can drive from Mojave to Death Valley National Park in 3.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Death Valley National Park when traveling from Mojave in January, with lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car 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.
On the 8th (Wed), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, get curious at Yavapai Geology Museum, get great views at Mather Point, and trek along Rim Trail.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 7 hours. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in January, plan for slightly colder days and 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 Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim 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.
On the 11th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and then get your game on at The Roller Coaster. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Strip, and then ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. 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 warmer with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Roller Coaster ©
The Roller Coaster

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