29 days in West Coast & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

29 days in West Coast & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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29 days in West Coast & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

Sydney
Fly:  16​h 45​min
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
bus:  5​h 30​min
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
Anaheim
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h 15​min
Crater Lake National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
Underwood
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Cannon Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Portland
— 1 night
train + bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
Seattle
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
Sydney

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Muir Woods National Monument and Wine Tours & Tastings. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena) and Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga). Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay, and explore and take pictures at AT&T Park.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco day trip website .

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Sydney to San Francisco, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in August, with highs in San Francisco at 26°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Nature, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, V. Sattui Winery, Castello di Amorosa
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
AT&T Park ©
AT&T Park

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glacier Point and Olmsted Point. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake, don't miss a visit to Valley View, and explore the striking landscape at Lembert Dome.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park route maker tool .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip maker .

Take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect Death Valley National Park to be much warmer, temps between 46°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Harmony Borax Works
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail ©
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail

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.
On the 10th (Sat), take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, then take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, and then cruise along East Rim Drive. Keep things going the next day: trek along Bright Angel Trail.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Death Valley National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Death Valley National Park to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be cooler, temps between 31°C and 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Anaheim.

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
East Rim Drive ©
East Rim Drive

2
days
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Pageant of the Masters and then enjoy the sand and surf at Main Beach. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Anaheim sightseeing planning site .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Anaheim in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Anaheim due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, things will get a bit warmer in Anaheim: highs are around 36°C and lows about 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Anaheim

#Theme Parks, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Laguna Beach
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Pageant of the Masters ©
Pageant of the Masters
Main Beach ©
Main Beach

1
day
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
On the 14th (Wed), contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, then take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, and then examine the collection at Museum of Western Film History.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from Anaheim to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, shuttle, and car. When traveling from Anaheim in August, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 42°C by day to 15°C at night. On the 15th (Thu), you're off toCrater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Museum of Western Film History
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Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
General Sherman Tree ©
General Sherman Tree
Museum of Western Film History ©
Museum of Western Film History

1
day
Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park
Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Vidae Falls and then take a memorable drive along Rim Dr.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Crater Lake National Park route planner .

Drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Crater Lake National Park in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, train, and taxi. On the 16th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Underwood.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

#Scenic Drive, #Outdoors, #Nature

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day
Underwood

Underwood ©
Underwood is an unincorporated community in Skamania County, Washington, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, then do a tasting at Phelps Creek Vineyards, and then contemplate the waterfront views at White Salmon River.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Underwood online attractions planner .

You can drive from Crater Lake National Park to Underwood in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August in Underwood, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Underwood

#Nature, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Hood River, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Phelps Creek Vineyards ©
Phelps Creek Vineyards

3
days
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Haystack Rock and Oswald West State Park. When in Cannon Beach, make a side trip to see Kelly's Brighton Marina in Rockaway Beach, approximately 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Cannon Beach, look for gifts at The Buzz on Broadway, admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Manzanita Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cannon Beach trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Underwood to Cannon Beach takes 3 hours. In August, Cannon Beach is little chillier than Underwood - with highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Portland.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Seaside, Manzanita Beach, Kelly's Brighton Marina
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Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Oswald West State Park ©
Oswald West State Park

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day
Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
On the 21st (Wed), make a trip to Pioneer Courthouse Square, admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden, and then admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Portland trip builder tool .

You can drive from Cannon Beach to Portland in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Cannon Beach in August, expect nights in Portland to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Portland

#Parks
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Portland Japanese Garden ©
Portland Japanese Garden
International Rose Test Garden ©
International Rose Test Garden
Pioneer Courthouse Square ©
Pioneer Courthouse Square

2
days
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

The tiny town of Friday Harbor is the largest village on the San Juan Islands, and it fits within just 2.6 km (1 sq mi) of space.
On the 22nd (Thu), see the interesting displays at The Whale Museum, then head outdoors with The Schooner, Spike Africa, Friday Harbor, san Juan Islands, and then view the masterpieces at Island Studios. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Springtide Paddlesports, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then experience rural life at Krystal Acres Alpaca Farm and Country Store.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Friday Harbor day trip planning website .

Do a combination of train and flight from Portland to Friday Harbor in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and ferry. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Portland in August; daily highs in Friday Harbor reach 26°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to fly to Seattle.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

#Outdoors, #Museums, #Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Whale Museum ©
The Whale Museum
Island Studios ©
Island Studios

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Museum of Flight and Kerry Park. Step out of Seattle to go to Snoqualmie and see Snoqualmie Falls, which is approximately 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, get in on the family fun at Seattle Great Wheel, enjoy breathtaking views from Sky View Observatory, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Seattle day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Friday Harbor to Seattle takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Friday Harbor in August; daily highs in Seattle reach 31°C and lows reach 19°C. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Seattle

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trip

Snoqualmie Falls
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Hiram M. Chittenden Locks ©
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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