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

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

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

Start: Zurich
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Santa Barbara
— Few hours
Drive:  6​h
6
Berkeley
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Zurich

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary builder website .

Zurich, Switzerland to Los Angeles is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Los Angeles is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Zurich in February, things will get much warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 25°C and lows about 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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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.
On the 16th (Sat), try your luck at Paris Las Vegas, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, and finally take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at The Mob Museum and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Las Vegas day trip planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to Las Vegas by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in February, expect Las Vegas to be slightly colder, temps between 21°C and 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks
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Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains
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.
On the 18th (Mon), get great views at Mather Point and then hike along Rim Trail.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Mather Point ©
Mather Point

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night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 19th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine, then explore the activities along Badwater Basin, and then get great views at Dante's View.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in February: high temperatures in Death Valley National Park hover around 20°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Dante's View ©
Dante's View

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Santa Barbara

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 20th (Wed), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip planning tool .

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Santa Barbara in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Death Valley National Park in February since evenings lows in Santa Barbara dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Berkeley.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours
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Wine Tours & Tastings

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Berkeley

Berkeley is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in northern Alameda County, California. On the 21st (Thu), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa, do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Berkeley online vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and subway from Santa Barbara to Berkeley takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and subway; or drive. February in Berkeley sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Berkeley

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Wine Tours & Tastings, Castello di Amorosa, V. Sattui Winery, Sonoma Plaza
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Sonoma Plaza ©
Sonoma Plaza

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