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

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

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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Anaheim
— 4 nights
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San Diego
— 5 nights
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
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Las Vegas
— 3 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 day
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
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Monterey
— 3 nights
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San Jose
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Hollywood Walk of Fame, Museum of Illusions and Hard Rock Cafe. Kids will appreciate attractions like Universal Studios Hollywood and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Hollywood Sign and stop by LA Farmers' Market.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles sightseeing app.

Brisbane, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Brisbane to Los Angeles. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in December; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 24°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Nightlife · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Anaheim

— 4 nights

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Disneyland Park and Downtown Disney District. Have a day of magic on the 19th (Mon) at Disney California Adventure Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Anaheim trip site.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Anaheim takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in December, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks

San Diego

— 5 nights

America's Finest City

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.
You've now added LEGOLAND California to your itinerary. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like San Diego Zoo and Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. Spend the 25th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, stroll through Children's Pool, and explore the galleries of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Diego travel route builder tool.

Drive from Anaheim to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in December, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 1 night

City of Angels

Your day by day itinerary now includes Venice Beach and Boardwalk as well as Santa Monica Pier. On the 27th (Tue), take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier and then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles visit site.

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Las Vegas

— 3 nights

Sin City

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 (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at High Roller.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas online trip builder.

Getting from Los Angeles to Las Vegas by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, Las Vegas is little chillier than Los Angeles - with highs of 16°C and lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping

Grand Canyon National Park

— 1 day
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 30th (Fri), make a trip to Grand Canyon Village, then take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, and then stop by Tusayan General Store.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Las Vegas in December, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are a bit cooler (8°C), and nights are cooler (-11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Las Vegas

— 2 nights

Sin City

Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then enjoy some diversion at Gun Garage, then take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Stratosphere Tower.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Las Vegas tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 16°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Outdoors · Tours · Fun & Games

Monterey

— 3 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kids will enjoy Monterey Bay Aquarium and Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. And it doesn't end there: cruise along 17-Mile Drive, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, and stroll around Dennis the Menace Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Monterey trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Las Vegas to Monterey by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in January, and nighttime lows around 7°C. You will leave for San Jose on the 4th (Wed).

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

San Jose

— 2 nights

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go for a walk through West Cliff Drive and then take in the waterfront at Santa Cruz Wharf.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read San Jose trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Jose takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.