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

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

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 3 nights
Taxi
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Maswik Lodge
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cambria
— 3 nights
Drive
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South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
Drive
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Big Sur
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mendocino
— 3 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Bodega Dunes (in Bodega) and Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga). 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 25°C and lows about 15°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 · Museums

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 5 nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Bodie State Historic Park and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Bridalveil Fall. And it doesn't end there: trek along Panorama Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park day trip planning site.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Monterey

— 3 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. 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 drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for little chillier days in Monterey, with highs around 23°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Carmel

— 2 nights
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. On the 18th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmel Mission, stroll through Carmel River State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): shop like a local with 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 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Golf

Side Trip

San Simeon

— 2 nights
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 20th (Thu): kick back and relax at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, then look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, and finally look for gifts at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): see the interesting displays at Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary), then steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, and then make a trip to San Simeon Pier.

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You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in June, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are much warmer, around 39°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Wildlife

Grand Canyon National Park

— 3 nights
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 combination of flight and bus from San Simeon to Grand Canyon National Park takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. 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 34°C and 6°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 · Nature

Las Vegas

— 4 nights

Sin City

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 Willow Beach will get you outdoors. When in Las Vegas, make a side trip to see Spring Mountains Visitor Center in Mount Charleston, approximately Mount Charleston 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 46°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 29°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 · Shopping

Side Trips

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 3 nights

A Land of Giants

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 Trail, then delve 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 7 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 40°C and 19°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

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Cambria

— 3 nights
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, then look 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, then view the masterpieces at Fiona Bleu Gallery, then indulge 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 car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Cambria takes 5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Cambria when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, with lows around 15°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 · Wildlife

Side Trips

South Lake Tahoe

— 3 nights
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, then immerse yourself in nature at D.L. Bliss State Park, and then stroll through Baldwin Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, tee off at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lakeside Beach.

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Drive from Cambria to South Lake Tahoe in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Cambria in July, expect South Lake Tahoe to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 9°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 · Golf

Side Trips

Big Sur

— 3 nights

Big Country of the South

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 24°C, while lows dip to 15°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 · Outdoors

Side Trip

Mendocino

— 3 nights
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, then kick 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 shuttle, flight, and bus. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Big Sur in July: highs in Mendocino hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 16°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 · Wildlife

Side Trips

Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

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, then explore 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, then take in breathtaking views at Titus Canyon, then contemplate 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 45°C and 26°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

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Los Angeles

— 3 nights

City of Angels

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 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; 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 33°C and lows reach 22°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 · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.