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

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

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1
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
2
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
3
San Diego
— 4 nights
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
5
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
7
San Simeon
— 1 night
8
Monterey
— 2 nights

4
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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.
Get in touch with nature at Grand Canyon South Rim and Bright Angel Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at South Kaibab Trail and Rim Trail. And it doesn't end there: get great views at Mather Point, pause for some photo ops at Powell Point, take in panoramic vistas at Desert View Watchtower, and get a taste of the local shopping with Lookout Studio.

Make your Grand Canyon National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

London, UK to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Traveling from London in September, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are a bit warmer (°C), and nights are a bit cooler (°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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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.
Do your shopping at The Strip and Downtown Container Park. Explore hidden gems such as Valley of Fire State Park and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, don't miss a visit to Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign, ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, and look for gifts at Las Vegas North Premium Outlets.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Las Vegas online trip maker.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; 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. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trip

Valley of Fire State Park
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The Strip ©
The Strip
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area ©
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park

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San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Point Loma. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Pacific Beach and La Jolla Shores Park. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, and appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.

Make your San Diego itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Diego takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Las Vegas in September, plan for a bit cooler days in San Diego, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, thenkick back and relax at Santa Monica Bay, thenstop by LA Farmers' Market, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): make a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and then find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in September, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Beaches Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay
LA Farmers' Market ©
LA Farmers' Market

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. Take a break from the city and head to Yosemite, Tunnel View and Sentinel Dome. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, hike along Four Mile Trail, identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and pause for some serene contemplation at Yosemite Valley Chapel.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary site.

You can take a bus from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 12 hours. When traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around °C, while nights are colder with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Muir Woods National Monument and Safari West. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, examine the collection at Exploratorium, and buy something for everyone on your list at NFL Shop Pier 39.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Francisco day trip planning website.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Safari West
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
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 27th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle and then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Simeon journey site.

You can drive from San Francisco to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 28th (Mon), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Bixby Bridge, kick back and relax at Point Lobos, and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Monterey trip builder tool.

Drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in September, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around °C, while days are a bit cooler, around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Carmel, Big Sur
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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