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

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

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

Buenos Aires
Fly:  14​h
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
San Simeon
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Francisco
— Few hours
Fly:  19​h 15​min
Buenos Aires

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days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Bodega Head and Drakes Beach. Visit City Lights Booksellers & Publishers and SS Jeremiah O'Brien for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Point Reyes Seashore National Park (in Point Reyes Station) and Tomales Bay State Park (in Inverness). The adventure continues: explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium and browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina to San Francisco is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. Traveling from Buenos Aires to San Francisco, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Buenos Aires in April, with lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

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Parks Nature Outdoors

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Drakes Beach, Point Reyes Seashore National Park, Tomales Bay State Park, Bodega Head
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Bodega Head ©
Bodega Head
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
SS Jeremiah O'Brien
SS Jeremiah O'Brien

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): browse the eclectic array of goods at El Portal Market and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and then don't miss a visit to Valley View.

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You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in April, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 17°C by day to -2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

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Parks Nature Wildlife

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El Portal Market
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Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles
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Glacier Point
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Bridalveil Fall

2
days
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 26th (Thu), admire nature's extreme beauty at The Racetrack. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, and then take in breathtaking views at Titus Canyon.

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Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in April: high temperatures in Death Valley National Park hover around 31°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Las Vegas.

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Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Death Valley Junction
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The Racetrack ©
The Racetrack
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail ©
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then get engrossed in the history at Titanic, and then examine the collection at Pinball Hall of Fame. Here are some ideas for day two: shop like a local with The Strip, then examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, and then examine the collection at The Neon Museum.

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Take a bus from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Las Vegas, with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

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Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Titanic ©
Titanic
The Strip ©
The Strip

3
days
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bright Angel Trail and Grand Canyon South Rim. There's lots more to do: trek along Rim Trail, get great views at Yaki Point, examine the collection at Kolb Studio, and make a trip to Powell Point.

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Traveling by combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Las Vegas in April, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 19°C by day to -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

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Parks Outdoors Trails
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then take a leisurely stroll along Seaport Village. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Old Point Loma Lighthouse, explore the striking landscape at Point Loma, and then pause for some photo ops at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.

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Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego takes 8.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for warmer nights when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

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Historic Sites Nature Parks
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USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Old Point Loma Lighthouse ©
Old Point Loma Lighthouse

2
days
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 5th (Sat): make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, browse the different shops at Universal CityWalk, then browse the different shops at The Grove, then stop by The Original Farmers Market, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, then revel in the low prices at Citadel Outlets, and then stop by The Last Bookstore.

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You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
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The Grove ©
The Grove
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame

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day
Santa Barbara

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take a stroll through State Street, then make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, and then immerse yourself in nature at Carpinteria State Beach.

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You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in May: high temperatures in Santa Barbara hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Carpinteria State Beach
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Old Mission Santa Barbara
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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hours
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.
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Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Santa Barbara in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 11°C at night. On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Carmel.

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Historic Sites
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Friends of Hearst Castle ©
Friends of Hearst Castle

1
day
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 8th (Tue), stop by The Cheese Shop.

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Drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to San Francisco.

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Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Carmel Mission ©
Carmel Mission
The Cheese Shop
The Cheese Shop

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San Francisco

San Francisco
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Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

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Wildlife Parks
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San Francisco Botanical Garden
San Francisco Botanical Garden

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