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

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

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

Boston
bus + Fly:  6​h 45​min
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
San Francisco
— 3 nights
subway + Fly:  4​h
Seattle
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
+3
bus + tram + Fly + bus:  11​h 15​min
Boston

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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 3rd (Tue), explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Valley of Fire State Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and then ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains.

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Boston to Las Vegas is an approximately 7-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to Las Vegas is minus 3 hours. In July, Las Vegas is a bit warmer than Boston - with highs of 103°F and lows of 80°F. On the 5th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

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Valley of Fire State Park
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Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains
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Valley of Fire State Park

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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 Bright Angel Trail and Rim Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at South Kaibab Trail and Mather Point. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Powell Point, and hike along North Kaibab Trail.

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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. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in July, things will get colder in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 83°F and lows about 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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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.
To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our San Diego online trip maker .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego by combination of bus and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, you will find days in San Diego are slightly colder (76°F), and nights are a bit warmer (67°F). On the 11th (Wed), you're off toLos Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours
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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.
On the 11th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and then wander the streets of El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 82°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Museums, #Childrens Museums, #Historic Sites

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Santa Monica Pier
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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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 13th (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

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You can drive from Los Angeles to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you will find days in San Simeon are cooler (59°F), and nights are a bit cooler (53°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Historic Sites

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Piedras Blancas Light Station
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Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station

0
days
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. To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel online tour planner .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Simeon in July: highs in Carmel hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 55°F. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

#Trails, #Nature, #Beaches
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4
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.
Get outdoors at Bodie State Historic Park and Glacier Point. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tunnel View and Olmsted Point. And it doesn't end there: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, cruise along Tioga Pass, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, and see a world frozen in time at Bodie.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park route website .

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 82°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

3
days
San Francisco

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 Castello di Amorosa and V. Sattui Winery. Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and have fun and explore at Exploratorium.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, V. Sattui Winery, Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, then take a stroll through Pike Place Market, then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Seattle travel planning tool .

Getting from San Francisco to Seattle by combination of subway and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: highs in Seattle hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Seattle

#Museums, #Shopping, #Neighborhoods
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

3
days
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Museum-lovers will appreciate Columbia River Maritime Museum and Cannon Beach History Center and Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Cannon Beach and Manzanita Beach. Step out of Cannon Beach to go to Astoria and see Astoria Column, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's more to do: explore the striking landscape at Haystack Rock and immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cannon Beach travel route builder website .

Traveling by car from Seattle to Cannon Beach takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Seattle in July: high temperatures in Cannon Beach hover around 68°F and lows are around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Astoria, Manzanita Beach
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Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Columbia River Maritime Museum ©
Columbia River Maritime Museum
Astoria Column ©
Astoria Column

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