11 days in California & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

11 days in California & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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11 days in California & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

Start: Milwaukee
Fly:  6​h
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Milwaukee

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): discover the magic at Disneyland Park. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, examine the collection at The Getty Center, and then get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary planner .

Milwaukee to Los Angeles is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Milwaukee in May, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 75°F and 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

2
nights
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 22nd (Wed): trek along Bright Angel Trail. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Powell Point and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park road trip planning app .

Getting from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be colder, around 33°F, while days are slightly colder, around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, take in panoramic vistas at Coit Tower, and explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to San Francisco in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
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.
On the 27th (Mon), admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and then take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park vacation builder .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from San Francisco in May, with lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

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