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Las Vegas to Monterey via Grand Canyon National Park

driving   /   3 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Las Vegas to Monterey road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Las Vegas to Monterey. If you're planning a road trip to Monterey, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Traveling with a dog or cat? Find pet-friendly stops. Camping along the way? Search for RV campgrounds. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

11:00 am  start in Las Vegas
drive for about 4 hours

3:12 pm  Grand Canyon National Park
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 4 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Grand Canyon National Park
drive for about 3.5 hours

1:19 pm  Needles Hwy
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:19 pm
drive for about 3 hours

5:05 pm  Barstow
eat at Del Taco
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 6 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Barstow
drive for about 2 hours

12:04 pm  Bakersfield
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:04 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

3:38 pm  Hearst Castle
stay for about 2.5 hours
and leave at 6:08 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

7:48 pm  arrive in Monterey
eat at Passionfish
stay at Mission Ranch Hotel

day 3 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Grand Canyon National Park  (187 mentions)
    questions about Grand Canyon National Park:
        Best way to explore Grand Canyon & must see scenic spots?
        Nearest place to stay for visiting Grand Canyon
        Weather at the Grand Canyon in late November, is this a good time to go?
        South Rim in the Winter???
        Hotels and restaurants for a Grand Canyon visit

Needles Hwy  (2 mentions)

Barstow  (13 answers)
    restaurants around Barstow:
        Del Taco
    questions about Barstow:
        What's the best neighborhood in Barstow for a first time visitor?
        Where to sleep RV trailer

Bakersfield  (19 answers)
    questions about Bakersfield:
        Best free things to do in Bakersfield?

Hearst Castle  (101 mentions)


Where's the best place to stay in Monterey?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Monterey.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Mission Ranch Hotel, which was mentioned 4 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Lodge at Pebble Beach  (2 mentions)
Seven Gables Inn  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Monterey? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Monterey?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Passionfish, which was mentioned 7 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Katy's Place  (7 mentions)
Sunset Lounge  (3 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Monterey? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Monterey?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Monterey Bay Aquarium  (41 mentions)
Pebble Beach  (21 mentions)
Point Lobos  (9 mentions)
17-Mile Drive  (6 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Monterey. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Anne from Durham, North Carolina asked:
Restaurant recommendations for a large group dinner?  (3 answers)

profile  Joe from Sacramento asked:
What to do for a family outing in Monterey?  (3 answers)

profile  Avery from Berkeley asked:
Things to do with the kiddos besides the aquarium  (2 answers)

profile  Cheryl from asked:
hotels in Monterey, CA  (2 answers)

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Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Monterey to Las Vegas drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Las Vegas to Monterey. Or get a full Las Vegas to Monterey flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Las Vegas well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Las Vegas!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,001 miles
driving time of 15 hours, 37 minutes
324 Las Vegas travel answers
13 Barstow travel answers
19 Bakersfield travel answers
167 Monterey travel answers





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