8 days in Las Vegas, Grand Canyon National Park & West Coast Itinerary

8 days in Las Vegas, Grand Canyon National Park & West Coast Itinerary

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Las Vegas
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Grand Canyon National Park
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San Diego
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San Francisco
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Portland
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Seattle
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Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©

Sin City

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 11th (Fri): try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and finally shop like a local with The Strip. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, then try your luck at Caesars Palace, then try your luck at Casino At The Venetian, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip itinerary builder tool.

Birmingham to Las Vegas is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Grand Canyon Village and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park. Traveling from Las Vegas in December, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be colder, around 15°F, while days are slightly colder, around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Grand Canyon Village ©
Grand Canyon Village

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San Diego

San Diego ©

America's Finest City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): stroll around La Jolla Cove, then kick back and relax at Children's Pool, then identify plant and animal life at Lions, Tigers & Bears, and finally walk around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park, then kick back and relax at Black's Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and finally admire the natural beauty at Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego road trip website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and tram. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego. In December, San Diego is much warmer than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 68°F and lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, then don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco road trip website.

You can fly from San Diego to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, San Francisco is a bit cooler than San Diego - with highs of 59°F and lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Portland.

Things to do in San Francisco

Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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Portland

Portland ©

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, surround yourself with nature on Volcano Lands - Private Tours, then see the interesting displays at Portland Art Museum, then hike along Forest Park, and finally look for gifts at Powell's City of Books.

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

You can fly from San Francisco to Portland in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Francisco in December, with highs in Portland at 45°F and lows at 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Forest Park ©
Forest Park
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge ©
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books

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Seattle

Seattle ©

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): wander the streets of Pike Place Market and then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Seattle itinerary app.

You can drive from Portland to Seattle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Seattle can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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