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

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

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

Newark
Fly:  7​h
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Sacramento
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
South Lake Tahoe
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
San Simeon
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Malibu
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
Pioneertown
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
Newark

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Baker Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Fort Funston National Park and China Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach) and Montara State Beach (in Montara). And it doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, take a stroll through Chinatown, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ocean Beach.

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Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. In February, San Francisco is much hotter than Newark - with highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sacramento.

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Montara State Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
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Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf

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Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at American River Bicycle Trail and then examine the collection at California State Railroad Museum.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sacramento online tour planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Sacramento takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Francisco in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Sacramento, with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

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South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sacramento in March: highs in South Lake Tahoe hover around 48°F, while lows dip to 24°F. On the 4th (Sun), you're off toYosemite National Park.

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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 5th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and finally hike along Wawona Meadow.

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Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. While traveling from South Lake Tahoe, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 54°F to lows of 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Santa Cruz.

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Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles
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Glacier Point
Wawona Meadow ©
Wawona Meadow

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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take in the pleasant sights at West Cliff Drive, admire the majestic nature at Natural Bridges State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Santa Cruz visit planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Santa Cruz takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, expect nights in Santa Cruz to be much hotter, around 44°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

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Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach
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West Cliff Drive ©
West Cliff Drive

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery Tasting Room and then explore the historical opulence of Friends of Hearst Castle.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon holiday planning tool .

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Santa Cruz, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

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Friends of Hearst Castle ©
Friends of Hearst Castle
Hearst Ranch Winery Tasting Room ©
Hearst Ranch Winery Tasting Room

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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.
On the 8th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Santa Barbara Orchid Estate, then steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, and then wander the streets of State Street.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Santa Barbara journey planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from San Simeon in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 46°F at night. On the 9th (Fri), you're off toMalibu.

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Old Mission Santa Barbara
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Orchid Estate ©
Santa Barbara Orchid Estate

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Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is an affluent beach city in Los Angeles County, California. On the 9th (Fri), examine the collection at The Getty Villa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at El Matador State Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Zuma Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Malibu road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Malibu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Santa Monica.

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Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
Paradise Cove
Paradise Cove
The Getty Villa ©
The Getty Villa

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Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Santa Monica Beach as well as Santa Monica Pier. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take a stroll through Rodeo Drive.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Santa Monica holiday site .

Santa Monica is very close to Malibu. In March, daily temperatures in Santa Monica can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

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Rodeo Drive
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Santa Monica Beach ©
Santa Monica Beach
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Getty Center The Publications and Hollywood Walk of Fame. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point), Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary (in Silverado) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles online trip itinerary planner .

Los Angeles is just a stone's throw from Santa Monica. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in March, and nighttime lows around 54°F. On the 18th (Sun), you're off toSan Diego.

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Anaheim, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Getty Center The Publications ©
Getty Center The Publications

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and then step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Diego trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in San Diego are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Palm Springs.

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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, within the Coachella Valley. For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Palm Springs trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Palm Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in March: highs in Palm Springs hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Pioneertown.

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Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum

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Pioneertown

Pioneertown
Pioneertown, California, is an unincorporated community in the Morongo Basin region of southern California's Inland Empire Metropolitan Area, on Pioneertown Road at Route 62 in the town of Yucca Valley. To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Pioneertown road trip planner.

Getting from Palm Springs to Pioneertown by car takes about an hour. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Palm Springs in March, with highs in Pioneertown at 51°F and lows at 25°F. You'll set off for Joshua Tree National Park on the 21st (Wed).

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Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Barker Dam Trail, then steep yourself in history at Keys Ranch, and then explore the striking landscape of Joshua Tree National Park.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Joshua Tree National Park trip planner .

Drive from Pioneertown to Joshua Tree National Park in 1.5 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Pioneertown in March, with highs in Joshua Tree National Park at 84°F and lows at 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

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Joshua Tree National Park
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Keys Ranch ©
Keys Ranch

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): trek along South Kaibab Trail, get great views at Yaki Point, and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 6.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Joshua Tree National Park to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in March, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be much colder, temps between 57°F and 22°F. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Las Vegas.

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South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Yaki Point ©
Yaki Point

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas journey planner.

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 when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 74°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 52°F. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

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The Strip ©
The Strip
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Bellagio Fountains
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Bellagio Hotel and Casino

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