5 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Las Vegas & San Diego Itinerary

5 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Las Vegas & San Diego Itinerary

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5 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Las Vegas & San Diego Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Bus:  10 h 15 min
1
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Chicago

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night
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 25th (Tue): stroll through Bright Angel Trail and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim.

Plan my day in Grand Canyon National Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Chicago to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Chicago in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 49°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Las Vegas.

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Las Vegas road trip website.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in February, expect nights in Las Vegas to be much warmer, around 45°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

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Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio

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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 27th (Thu): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo and then examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, then examine the collection at Timken Museum of Art, and then see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Diego online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Diego takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Las Vegas in February since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

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USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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