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

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

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Start: Madrid
Fly:  16 h
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  7 h 30 min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
6
Las Vegas
— 5 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Madrid

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Discover out-of-the-way places like San Francisco Bay and Lands End. Visit Castello di Amorosa and Fort Point for their historical value. There's much more to do: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, take a memorable tour with Tours, stroll the grounds of Presidio Pet Cemetery, and examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco tour builder app.

Madrid, Spain to San Francisco is an approximately 16- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Madrid to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Madrid in June, expect San Francisco to be slightly colder, temps between 25°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Castello di Amorosa
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Lands End ©
Lands End

1
night
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. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): kick back and relax at McAbee Beach, then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and then stroll through Point Lobos.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Carmel visit planning tool.

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

McAbee Beach
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

2
nights
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). Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, then steep yourself in history at Nitt Witt Ridge, then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Rosa Catholic Church. On the next day, stroll through Piedras Blancas, look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and then cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cambria online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Carmel to Cambria in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for warmer days in Cambria, with highs around 40°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

San Simeon
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

3
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Battleship USS Iowa Museum. And it doesn't end there: get curious at California Science Center, admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall, examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles tour builder site.

You can drive from Cambria to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Cambria, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Nightlife
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California Science Center ©
California Science Center
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter ©
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bright Angel Trail and Mather Point. There's much more to do: trek along Rim Trail, take a memorable drive along East Rim Drive, take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, and enjoy breathtaking views from Desert View Watchtower.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park online journey planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect little chillier with lows of 13°C in Grand Canyon National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

5
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Valley of Fire State Park and Dig This. The adventure continues: enjoy some diversion at Gun Garage, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, get your game on at Apocalypse Vegas, and take a stroll through The LINQ Promenade.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, you will find days in Las Vegas are somewhat warmer (47°C), and nights are much hotter (32°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Fun & Games Nature Parks

Side Trip

Valley of Fire State Park
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Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park
Dig This ©
Dig This
Apocalypse Vegas ©
Apocalypse Vegas

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