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

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

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

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Big Sur
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  9​h 15​min
5
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Sao Paulo

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and finally hike along Partington Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Pacific Valley Bluff Trail, admire the majestic nature at Limekiln State Park, and then snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Big Sur vacation planning app .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Big Sur is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 5 hours. July in Big Sur sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

3
nights
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 Tuolumne Meadows and Yosemite Falls. Step off the beaten path and head to Vernal Fall and Olmsted Point. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, get great views at Tunnel View, hike along Yosemite Valley Biking, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

Plan trip to Yosemite National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Explore your travel options from Big Sur to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Big Sur in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be slightly colder, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Castello di Amorosa and Alcatraz Island. Step off the beaten path and head to Muir Woods National Monument and Bodega Dunes. Change things up with a short trip to V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena (about 1h 25 min away). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

V. Sattui Winery, Bodega Dunes, Castello di Amorosa, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. On the 9th (Tue), kick back and relax at Seaside Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pudding Creek Beach, then see the interesting displays at Mendocino Coast Model Railroad & Historical Society, and finally stroll through Noyo Headlands Park. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, immerse yourself in nature at Van Damme State Park, and then admire the majestic nature at Russian Gulch State Park.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Fort Bragg driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Fort Bragg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect warmer days and about the same nights in Fort Bragg, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Mendocino
Highlights from your plan
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ©
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Van Damme State Park ©
Van Damme State Park
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): examine the collection at The Mob Museum, then wander the streets of The Strip, and then admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): examine the collection at The Neon Museum, take an in-depth tour of Titanic, and then explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

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You can do a combination of bus and flight from Fort Bragg to Las Vegas in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Fort Bragg, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 47°C to lows of 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Neon Museum ©
The Neon Museum

4
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at South Kaibab Trail and Bright Angel Trail. Escape the urban bustle at North Kaibab Trail and Kolb Studio. Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, hike along Rim Trail, get great views at Powell Point, and admire the landmark architecture of Lookout Studio.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Las Vegas in July: high temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 34°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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