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

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

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1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
3
Monterey
— 3 nights
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
5
San Simeon
— 2 nights
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
7
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
8
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
9
Cambria
— 3 nights
10
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
11
Big Sur
— 3 nights
12
Mendocino
— 3 nights
13
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
14
Los Angeles
— 3 nights

3
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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Marketfor plenty of shopping. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and Castello di Amorosa. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery (in Santa Rosa) and Bodega Dunes (in Bodega). The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, make a trip to Ghirardelli Square, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and engage your brain at Exploratorium.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner.

New Delhi, India to San Francisco is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 13.5 hours. Traveling from New Delhi in June, things will get colder in San Francisco: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery, Bodega Dunes, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Bodie State Historic Park and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. Spend the 13th (Thu) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, hike along Mariposa Grove, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, and stroll through Panorama Trail.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Fly from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

3
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Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. Get a sense of the local culture at National Steinbeck Center and A Taste of Monterey-Wine Market & Bistro. Step out of Monterey with an excursion to Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz--about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, get a taste of the local shopping with Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, and stroll through Lovers Point.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Monterey trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for little chillier days in Monterey, with highs around °C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Natural Bridges State Beach, National Steinbeck Center
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail

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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. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmel Mission, thenstroll through Carmel River State Beach, and then kick back and relax at Point Lobos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, tee off at Poppy Hills Golf Course, and then kick back and relax at China Cove and Gibson Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel online route maker.

Carmel is just a short distance from Monterey. In June, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Poppy Hills Golf Course
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel Mission ©
Carmel Mission

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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.
On the 20th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, thenlearn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, thenstop by Sebastian General Store, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary), thenexplore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, and then don't miss a visit to San Simeon Pier.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Carmel, expect much warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bright Angel Trail and Grand Canyon South Rim. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at South Kaibab Trail and Kolb Studio. There's much more to do: trek along Rim Trail, stroll through North Kaibab Trail, appreciate the history behind Powell Point, and explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park route planning website.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Grand Canyon National Park takes 10.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Simeon to Grand Canyon National Park. Traveling from San Simeon in June, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between °C and °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
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.
Get some cultural insight at The Strip and Shelby American Inc. Visiting Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Spring Mountains Visitor Center will get you outdoors. When in Las Vegas, make a side trip to see Willow Beach in Fort Mohave, approximately Fort Mohave away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Counts Kustoms, identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around °C, while nights are warmer with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Spring Mountains Visitor Center, Willow Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area ©
Shelby American Inc ©
Shelby American Inc

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, thendelve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then admire all the interesting features of Generals Hwy. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls, admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, and then explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner.

Drive from Las Vegas to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. Traveling from Las Vegas in June, expect Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be slightly colder, temps between °C and °C. On the 2nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cambria.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Eastern California Museum
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): look for gifts at Red Moose Cookie Company, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Heron and Cormorant Rookery, and then stroll through Point Buchon Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Artifacts Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, thenview the masterpieces at Fiona Bleu Gallery, thenindulge your taste buds at Rotta Winery, and finally do a tasting at Jack Creek Celllars.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cambria travel route builder website.

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Cambria takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Cambria when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Morro Bay, Templeton, Point Buchon Trail
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
Artifacts Gallery ©
Artifacts Gallery

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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 6th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Nevada Beach Campground, thenimmerse yourself in nature at D.L. Bliss State Park, and then stroll through Baldwin Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: play a few rounds at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course and then kick back and relax at Lakeside Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Cambria to South Lake Tahoe takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cambria in July, with highs in South Lake Tahoe at °C and lows at °C. On the 8th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Nevada Beach Campground, D.L. Bliss State Park, Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course
Highlights from your plan
Nevada Beach Campground ©
Nevada Beach Campground
Baldwin Beach ©
Baldwin Beach
Lakeside Beach ©
Lakeside Beach

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): hike along Pacific Valley Bluff Trail, immerse yourself in nature at Limekiln State Park, and then trek along Partington Cove. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Coast Gallery Big Sur, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach, and then visit a coastal fixture at Point Sur State Historic Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Big Sur trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Big Sur in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July: highs in Big Sur hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Mendocino.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Moto Talbott
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Pacific Valley Bluff Trail ©
Pacific Valley Bluff Trail
Point Sur State Historic Park ©
Point Sur State Historic Park

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Mendocino

Mendocino ©
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. On the 12th (Fri), immerse yourself in nature at Jug Handle State Reserve, do a tasting at Handley Cellars Winery, and then do a tasting at Navarro Vineyards. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA, thenkick back and relax at Schooner Gulch State Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Kwan Tai.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Mendocino trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Big Sur to Mendocino in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, subway, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Big Sur in July: highs in Mendocino hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Mendocino

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Point Arena, Philo
Highlights from your plan
Jug Handle State Reserve ©
Jug Handle State Reserve
Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA ©
Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA
Schooner Gulch State Beach ©
Schooner Gulch State Beach

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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 15th (Mon): explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, thenexplore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and then get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Ashford Mill Ruins, thentake in breathtaking views at Titus Canyon, thencontemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, and finally steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park sightseeing app.

Getting from Mendocino to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 11 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Mendocino in July, expect Death Valley National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between °C and °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works

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Los Angeles

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, revel in the low prices at Camarillo Premium Outlets, and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles online day trip planner.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Death Valley National Park in July; daily highs in Los Angeles reach °C and lows reach °C. On the 20th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Wildlife Museums Parks

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Pacific Marine Mammal Center, Camarillo Premium Outlets, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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