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

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

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

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  19​h
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Anaheim
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
6
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
7
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: New Delhi

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Exploratorium and Union Square. You'll get in some beach time at San Gregorio State Beach and Limantour Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley), Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga) and Safari West (in Santa Rosa). Dedicate the 10th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alcatraz Island, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers & Publishers.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco sightseeing planning site .

New Delhi, India to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from New Delhi to San Francisco, you'll gain 13 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from New Delhi in June; daily highs in San Francisco reach 25°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Limantour Beach, San Gregorio State Beach, Muir Woods National Monument, Castello di Amorosa, Safari West
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

4
nights
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. Step out of the city life by going to Point Lobos State Reserve and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Relax by the water at Lovers Point and Natural Bridges State Beach. Next up on the itinerary: tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmel Mission, don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel sightseeing planning site .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. In June in Carmel, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, Natural Bridges State Beach, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Pebble Beach Golf Links
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

2
nights
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.
On the 15th (Fri), kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, then look for gifts at Lucia Apothecary, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

Before you visit San Simeon, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Carmel in June: highs in San Simeon hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

2
nights
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.
To find traveler tips and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara trip website .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Santa Barbara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from San Simeon in June, you will find days in Santa Barbara are somewhat warmer (25°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). On the 18th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ©
Santa Barbara Museum of Art ©
Santa Barbara Museum of Art

3
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
You've now added Disneyland Park to your itinerary. On the 18th (Mon), get a taste of the local shopping with South Coast Plaza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Anaheim trip planner .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Anaheim in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in June, things will get a bit warmer in Anaheim: highs are around 31°C and lows about 20°C. On the 21st (Thu), you're off toLos Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Tom's Farms, Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological, Temecula Olive Oil Company, South Coast Plaza
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological ©
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological
Tom's Farms ©
Tom's Farms

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then look for all kinds of wild species at Santa Monica Mountains, and then stop by Hollywood & Highland. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, look for gifts at The Original Farmers Market, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles visit planner.

Los Angeles is very close to Anaheim. June in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Nature

Side Trip

Santa Monica
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Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

3
nights
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 24th (Sun), stroll through South Kaibab Trail, take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, then shop like a local with Lookout Studio, and finally see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Canyon Village Marketplace and then hike along Rim Trail.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park online road trip planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park in 7.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be colder, around 5°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim

3
nights
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 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, go to the Las Vegas day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in June, expect nights in Las Vegas to be much hotter, around 28°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 45°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
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The Strip ©
The Strip
Titanic ©
Titanic

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