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

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

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

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
7
Carmel
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
9
Tahoe City
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
10
Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
11
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: New Delhi

7
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.
Get some historical perspective at Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Crystal Cove and Camarillo Premium Outlets. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica), Ojai Meadows Preserve (in Ojai) and Pacific Marine Mammal Center (in Laguna Beach). Have a day of magic on the 11th (Mon) at Disneyland Park. Pack the 9th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland, and stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles day trip site .

New Delhi, India to Los Angeles is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -13 hour difference. When traveling from New Delhi in June, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Laguna Beach, Camarillo Premium Outlets, Ojai Meadows Preserve, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

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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.
Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, then steep yourself in history at Mormon Battalion Historic Site, and then take in the waterfront at Seaport Village.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Diego route planning site .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Los Angeles in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Point Loma ©
Point Loma
Old Point Loma Lighthouse ©
Old Point Loma Lighthouse
Mormon Battalion Historic Site ©
Mormon Battalion Historic Site

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): trek along South Kaibab Trail, then get great views at Yaki Point, and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with Lookout Studio and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park takes 8.5 hours. Traveling from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Diego in June, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are colder (5°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 17th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, examine the collection at Goldwell Open Air Museum, and then explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the stunning scenery at Titus Canyon.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 43°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow time for the bus ride to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Goldwell Open Air Museum
Highlights from your plan
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Goldwell Open Air Museum ©
Goldwell Open Air Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Titanic, then see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, and finally examine the collection at The Neon Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): don't miss a visit to The Strip and then ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas by bus takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 28°C in Las Vegas. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Titanic ©
Titanic
Madame Tussauds -  Las Vegas ©
Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): kick back and relax at Capitola City Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Point Pinos Lighthouse, and then don't miss a visit to Lovers Point. On the next day, examine the collection at National Steinbeck Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, and then do a tasting at A Taste of Monterey - Wine Market & Bistro.

Plan a Monterey trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can fly from Las Vegas to Monterey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Las Vegas in June, expect Monterey to be cooler, temps between 22°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, National Steinbeck Center, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Capitola Beach
Highlights from your plan
Capitola Beach ©
Capitola Beach
National Steinbeck Center ©
National Steinbeck Center

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nights
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. Kids will appreciate attractions like Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Point Lobos State Reserve and Partington Cove. Get out of town with these interesting Carmel side-trips: Big Sur (Point Sur State Historic Park, Coast Gallery Big Sur, & more). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at China Cove and Gibson Beach, examine the collection at Sunset Cultural Center, buy something for everyone on your list at The Barnyard, and take a stroll through Ocean Avenue.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Carmel itinerary planner.

Carmel is just a short distance from Monterey. In June in Carmel, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Spyglass Hill Golf Course
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Sweet Springs Nature Preserve and then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, learn about winemaking at Peachy Canyon Winery Tasting Room, then do a tasting at AronHill Vineyards, and finally look for gifts at Brown Butter Cookie Co.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Carmel in June: highs in San Simeon hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 13°C. On the 30th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tahoe City.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Templeton, Sweet Springs Nature Preserve, Brown Butter Cookie Company
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
Tahoe City

Tahoe City ©
Tahoe City is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California. You've now added Lake Tahoe to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take an in-depth tour of North Lake Tahoe Historical Society and Gatekeepers Museum, let little ones run wild at Commons Beach Park, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lake Tahoe. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Genoa Courthouse Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Beach Campground.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tahoe City itinerary planner .

You can drive from San Simeon to Tahoe City in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Simeon in June: highs in Tahoe City hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Tahoe City

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Genoa Courthouse Museum, Lake Tahoe, Nevada Beach Campground
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tahoe ©
Lake Tahoe
Nevada Beach Campground ©
Nevada Beach Campground
Commons Beach Park ©
Commons Beach Park

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bodie State Historic Park and Bridalveil Fall. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Bodie and Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yosemite National Park: Black Oak Casino Resort (in Sonora) and El Portal Market (in El Portal). There's much more to do: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, tour the pleasant surroundings at May Lake Trailhead, admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass, and look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Tahoe City to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Yosemite National Park can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, El Portal Market, Black Oak Casino, Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Golden Gate Bridge. Relax by the water at San Gregorio State Beach and Limantour Beach. Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga) and Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards (in St. Helena). Dedicate the 16th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: have fun and explore at Exploratorium, contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and wander the streets of Union Square.

Take the guesswork out of planning a San Francisco vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Gregorio State Beach, Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, Castello di Amorosa, Limantour Beach
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

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