27 days in West Coast & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

27 days in West Coast & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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27 days in West Coast & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  16​h 45​min
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Sydney

5
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Bring the kids along to Exploratorium and Japanese Tea Garden. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Napa to see Wine Tours & Tastings about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park, don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, and stroll through Crissy Field.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in August; daily highs in San Francisco reach 26°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Museums, #Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

5
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.
Spend the 10th (Sat) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, trek along Panorama Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wawona Meadow, and explore the activities along Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park road trip tool .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, around 7°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

5
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.
Attractions like Disneyland Park and Griffith Observatory make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park & Downtown Disney). Pack the 14th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, don't miss a visit to Stahl House, and kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

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Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Theme Parks, #Museums, #Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get great views at Lookout Studio and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Mather Point and then hike along Rim Trail.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Grand Canyon National Park when traveling from Los Angeles in August, with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Mather Point ©
Mather Point

4
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.
Bring the kids along to San Diego Zoo and Cabrillo National Monument. And it doesn't end there: let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego vacation planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 23°C in San Diego. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Diego

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

3
days
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Pike Place Market and Space Needle. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Seattle Aquarium, admire all the interesting features of Safeco Field, and view the masterpieces at Glasshouse Studio.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Seattle trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from San Diego to Seattle by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 19°C in Seattle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Museums
Highlights from your plan
Seattle Aquarium ©
Seattle Aquarium
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Space Needle ©
Space Needle

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