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

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

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Start: Vancouver
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Bus:  6 h 45 min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h
4
Death Valley National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h
7
Barstow
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Palm Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
10
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
11
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h
12
Huntington Beach
— 3 nights
Fly:  18 h 30 min
End: Tel Aviv

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and Fort Point. Explore hidden gems such as Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Marin Headlands. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, explore the world behind art at Legion of Honor, see the interesting displays at Walt Disney Family Museum, and stroll around Presidio of San Francisco.

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Vancouver, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 5.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Vancouver in December; daily highs in San Francisco reach 17°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Marin Headlands
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands

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nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bridalveil Fall and Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark. Get outdoors at El Capitan and Glacier Point. Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Badger Pass Ski Area, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, explore the striking landscape at Cloud's Rest, and hike along Mariposa Grove.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park holiday planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 9°C by day to -11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 28:
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Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, then contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, and then hike along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Big Trees Trail.

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Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with highs around 17°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park ©
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park
Grizzly Falls ©
Grizzly Falls

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nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Escape the urban bustle at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and Titus Canyon. Get some historical perspective at Harmony Borax Works and Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum. There's lots more to do: admire nature's extreme beauty at The Racetrack, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Panamint Range, take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek, and make a trip to Ashford Mill Ruins.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park route planner.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. December in Death Valley National Park sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:
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Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge ©
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah and then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip planning tool.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
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Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah ©
Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah
The Strip ©
The Strip

2
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 6th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Yavapai Geology Museum, explore the stunning scenery at Inner Canyon, and then see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Shoshone Point and then take in breathtaking views at Moran Point.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary site.

Getting from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Las Vegas in January: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 7°C, while lows dip to -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Barstow.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Museums Parks Nature
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:
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Yavapai Geology Museum ©
Yavapai Geology Museum
Inner Canyon ©
Inner Canyon
Moran Point ©
Moran Point

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nights
Barstow

Barstow ©
Barstow is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. On the 8th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Barstow Harvey House, look for gifts at Eddie World, then stroll through Mojave Trail, and finally steep yourself in history at Calico Early Man Site. On the next day, see a world frozen in time at Calico Ghost Town, then get engrossed in the history at Mojave River Valley Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Basin Natural Area, and finally don't miss a visit to Barstow Station.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Barstow itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Barstow in 6 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Barstow due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January, expect nights in Barstow to be much hotter, around 3°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Barstow

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yermo, Mojave Trail
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Barstow Harvey House ©
Barstow Harvey House
Calico Ghost Town ©
Calico Ghost Town
Calico Early Man Site ©
Calico Early Man Site

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nights
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.
On the 10th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Wonderland of Rocks, hike along Split Rock, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Skull Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's extreme beauty at Cottonwood Spring Oasis, then take a memorable drive along Queen Valley Road, and then steep yourself in history at Keys Ranch.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Joshua Tree National Park holiday website.

Traveling by car from Barstow to Joshua Tree National Park takes 4 hours. In January in Joshua Tree National Park, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Wonderland of Rocks ©
Wonderland of Rocks
Cottonwood Spring Oasis ©
Cottonwood Spring Oasis
Skull Rock ©
Skull Rock

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nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Indian Canyons and Living Free Animal Sanctuary. Escape the urban bustle at South Lykken Trail and Murray Canyon Trail. Go for a jaunt from Palm Springs to Hemet to see Simpson Park about 46 minutes away.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Palm Springs visit site.

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to Palm Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in January, expect Palm Springs to be a bit warmer, temps between 25°C and 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Palm Desert, Simpson Park, Living Free Animal Sanctuary
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Living Free Animal Sanctuary ©
Living Free Animal Sanctuary

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Point Loma. Relax by the water at La Jolla Shores Park and Coronado Beach. Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine, about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, see the interesting displays at San Diego Air & Space Museum, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and kick back and relax at Windansea Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego itinerary app.

Drive from Palm Springs to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. January in San Diego sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Lions, Tigers & Bears, Coronado Beach
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Manhattan Beach and The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at El Matador State Beach and Carpinteria State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: St. Mary Magdalen Chapel (in Camarillo), Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica) and Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel (in Rancho Palos Verdes). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Getty Center, make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and stroll the grounds of Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Huntington Beach.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Carpinteria State Beach, St. Mary Magdalen Chapel, El Matador State Beach
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach ©
Huntington Beach is a seaside city in Orange County in Southern California. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the landscape on two wheels at Orange County Coast, enjoy the sand and surf at Huntington State Beach, and then make a trip to Huntington Beach Pier. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Cathedral, then kick back and relax at Seal Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bolsa Chica State Beach, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Huntington Beach attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Huntington Beach takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In January in Huntington Beach, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Huntington Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Marine Mammal Center, Seal Beach, Christ Cathedral
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Huntington State Beach ©
Huntington State Beach
Seal Beach ©
Seal Beach
Christ Cathedral ©
Christ Cathedral

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