17 days in California & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

17 days in California & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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17 days in California & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

Manchester
Fly:  14​h
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  12​h 15​min
Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
Manchester

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Relax by the water at China Beach and Fort Funston National Park. Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve in Moss Beach (about 40 minutes away). There's more to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Francisco journey planner.

Manchester, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
day
Carmel

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 25th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row and then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos State Reserve.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Carmel road trip tool .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are slightly colder, around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trip

Cannery Row
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row

4
days
Yosemite National Park

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 Tuolumne Meadows and Glacier Point will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: hike along Panorama Trail, stroll through Nevada Falls Loop, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, and look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles.

Make your Yosemite National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 8°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Tue) before leaving for Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
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Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Nevada Falls Loop ©
Nevada Falls Loop

4
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.
Get outdoors at North Kaibab Trail and Rim Trail. On the 1st (Thu), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, trek along South Kaibab Trail, and take in a show at Hopi House.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 12.5 hours. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July since evenings lows in Grand Canyon National Park dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

2
days
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and finally don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Los Angeles itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; 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 Los Angeles. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Theme Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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