12 days in California, Grand Canyon National Park & San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

12 days in California, Grand Canyon National Park & San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

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12 days in California, Grand Canyon National Park & San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
3
Wawona
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Singapore

3
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and La Jolla Shores Park. There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, visit a coastal fixture at Old Point Loma Lighthouse, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and pause for some photo ops at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Diego route site .

Singapore, Singapore to San Diego is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Singapore to San Diego, you'll gain 16 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Singapore in November, plan for little chillier days in San Diego, with highs around 26°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

1
night
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 20th (Wed), explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, and then get great views at Mather Point. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Bright Angel Trail and then admire the striking features of Grand Canyon Railway Depot.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park online itinerary maker .

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Diego in November: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 14°C, while lows dip to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Wawona.

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
Mather Point ©
Mather Point

2
nights
Wawona

Wawona ©
Wawona is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): trek along Mariposa Grove, then get great views at Washburn Point, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Half Dome and then explore the striking landscape at El Capitan.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Wawona road trip planning tool .

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Wawona in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Wawona. In November, Wawona is a bit warmer than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 23°C and lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Wawona

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 24th (Sun), kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel tour builder .

Traveling by car from Wawona to Carmel takes 4 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 25th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Francisco route website .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Grace Cathedral ©
Grace Cathedral

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