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

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

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

Start: Durham
Fly:  20​h
1
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  10​h 30​min
3
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
San Luis Obispo
— Few hours
Fly + Drive:  6​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Durham

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.
On the 27th (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of The Strip and then don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip planner .

Durham, UK to Las Vegas is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Durham in September; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 39°C and lows reach 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
The Neon Museum ©
The Neon Museum

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): hike along South Kaibab Trail, then stop by Canyon Village Marketplace, and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Mather Point and then trek along Rim Trail.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: 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. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in October, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are much warmer (13°C). On the 2nd (Fri), you'll travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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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.
On the 2nd (Fri), buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove.

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

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

few
hours
San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Luis Obispo planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in San Luis Obispo, with lows of 14°C. You will leave for Yosemite National Park on the 4th (Sun).

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Wineries Outdoors Parks
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2
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Bridalveil Fall and then play a few rounds at Big Trees Golf Course.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park journey maker app .

Getting from San Luis Obispo to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 7.5 hours. Traveling from San Luis Obispo in October, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around -2°C, while days are little chillier, around 22°C. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Golf Outdoors Parks
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Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias ©

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): stop by The Cheese Shop.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Monterey tour planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect warmer evenings in Monterey when traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Carmel
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): engage your brain at Exploratorium, then take a leisurely stroll along The Embarcadero, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and finally take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Francisco travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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