36 days in California, Utah & Arizona Itinerary

36 days in California, Utah & Arizona Itinerary

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36 days in California, Utah & Arizona Itinerary

Krakow
Fly:  17​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Carmel
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
Zion National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
Sedona
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Grand Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
Krakow

6
days
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at China Beach and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. Do your shopping at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ghirardelli Square. Step out of San Francisco to go to Napa and see Wine Tours & Tastings, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alcatraz Island, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, take a stroll through SoMa (South of Market Street), and look for gifts at Vital Tea Leaf.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco tour planner.

Krakow, Poland to San Francisco is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Krakow to San Francisco, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Krakow in October; daily highs in San Francisco reach 26°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island
Wine Tours & Tastings
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve

5
days
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.
Visiting Glacier Point and Nature Center at Happy Isles will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, trek along Panorama Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop, and contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 21°C by day to -1°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome

2
days
Carmel

Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Pacific Biological Laboratories and then immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Carmel travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Carmel, with highs around 21°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Biological Laboratories, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve
Asilomar State Beach

4
days
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.
Visit La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and San Diego Zoo. Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Self-Realization Fellowship Hermitage in Encinitas, about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter, and stroll through Sunset Cliffs.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read San Diego itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Carmel to San Diego in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Carmel in November, with highs in San Diego at 26°C and lows at 15°C. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Self-Realization Fellowship Hermitage
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo

2
days
Zion National Park

Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of The Narrows. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Observation Point and then look for all kinds of wild species at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Zion National Park custom trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from San Diego to Zion National Park in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from San Diego to Zion National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Diego in November, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Zion National Park: temperatures range from 17°C by day to -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
The Narrows
Observation Point
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

3
days
Sedona

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Do your shopping at A Spa For You Sedona Day Spa and The Hike House. Get in touch with nature at Broken Arrow Trail and Cathedral Rock. Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), tour the pleasant surroundings at Oak Creek Canyon, learn about winemaking at Javelina Leap Vineyard, Winery & Bistro, and stop by Center For New Age.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sedona itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Zion National Park to Sedona in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Zion National Park in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 8°C in Sedona. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Javelina Leap Vineyard, Winery & Bistro
Highlights from your plan
Broken Arrow Trail
Cathedral Rock
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179)

5
days
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.
Head to Canyon Village Marketplace and Lookout Studiofor some retail therapy. Escape the urban bustle at Rim Trail and Bright Angel Trail. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, trek along South Kaibab Trail, take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, and stroll through North Kaibab Trail.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park custom trip planner.

You can drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. While traveling from Sedona, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of -7°C. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail
Bright Angel Trail

3
days
Los Angeles

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Get in touch with nature at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Hermosa Beach Pier and Will Rogers State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Bergamot Station & Santa Monica Farmers Market). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, stop by Amoeba Music, browse the different shops at The Grove, and get a taste of the local shopping with Guitar Center.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip builder.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles in 7.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in November, things will get much hotter in Los Angeles: highs are around 28°C and lows about 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Hermosa Beach Pier
Santa Monica Beach

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