13 days in California & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

13 days in California & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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13 days in California & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

Osaka
train + Fly:  21​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
Osaka

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Union Square. You'll get in some beach time at Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach. Step out of San Francisco to go to Half Moon Bay and see Miramar Beach, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, look for gifts at Vital Tea Leaf, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco vacation builder.

Osaka, Japan to San Francisco is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -17 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Osaka in February; daily highs in San Francisco reach 19°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Miramar Beach
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Union Square ©
Union Square

3
days
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Montana Avenue and Annenberg Community Beach House. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Bergamot Station and Third Street Promenade. Step out of Santa Monica with an excursion to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley--about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Beach, wander the streets of Rodeo Drive, browse the different shops at Two Rodeo, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, read our Santa Monica trip builder.

Traveling by combination of subway, flight, and bus from San Francisco to Santa Monica takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. February in Santa Monica sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Beverly Hills, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
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Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica Beach ©
Santa Monica Beach
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier

2
days
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 7th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Lookout Studio and then examine the collection at Kolb Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): look for gifts at Canyon Village Marketplace, then steep yourself in history at Hermit's Rest, and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park trip builder.

You can drive from Santa Monica to Grand Canyon National Park in 8 hours. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Santa Monica in February: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 11°C, while lows dip to -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

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
Hermit's Rest ©
Hermit's Rest

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove and then shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then take a leisurely stroll along Seaport Village.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Diego travel planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego in 8.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in February, expect nights in San Diego to be warmer, around 13°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Shopping Parks Outdoors
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Gaslamp Quarter
Gaslamp Quarter
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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