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

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

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

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  16​h
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 30​min
4
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Brisbane


4
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.
You've added The Santee Alley, Disney California Adventure Park, Universal Studios Hollywood, and other attractions to your itinerary. Shop till you drop at Flower Market and The Last Bookstore.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Los Angeles holiday maker .

Brisbane, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Brisbane to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in March, things will get slightly colder in Los Angeles: highs are around 26°C and lows about 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Anaheim
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 30:
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Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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 30th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and then shop like a local with The Strip. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at The Mob Museum and then explore the striking landscape of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Las Vegas online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In March, daytime highs in Las Vegas are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Find places to stay Mar 30 — 31:
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The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

1
night
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 1st (Sun): hike along South Kaibab Trail, get great views at Yaki Point, and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Canyon Village Marketplace, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio, and then examine the collection at Kolb Studio.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park road trip app .

Do a combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; 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. When traveling from Las Vegas in April, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 19°C by day to -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time for travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 2:
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Canyon Village Marketplace ©
Canyon Village Marketplace

4
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at USS Midway Museum and Mormon Battalion Historic Site. Step out of the city life by going to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and La Jolla Cove. There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, enjoy the sea views from Old Point Loma Lighthouse, pause for some photo ops at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, and examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Diego online driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego in 8 hours. Another option is to drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in April, you will find days in San Diego are somewhat warmer (24°C), and nights are warmer (17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

2
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 7th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum, then have fun and explore at Exploratorium, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco online road trip planner .

Fly from San Diego to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in San Francisco, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Asian Art Museum ©
Asian Art Museum
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
On the 8th (Sun), browse the eclectic array of goods at Melrose Trading Post, take a stroll through Rodeo Drive, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, take a stroll through Montana Avenue, and then admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica Beach.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles itinerary app .

You can do a combination of flight and train from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in April: highs in Los Angeles hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Neighborhoods Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Rodeo Drive
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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