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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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Wawona
— 2 nights
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Carmel
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 2 nights

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San Diego

San Diego ©

America's Finest City

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 Old Point Loma Lighthouse and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, stroll through La Jolla Shores Park, and appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Diego trip builder.

Singapore, Singapore to San Diego is an approximately 21-hour flight. Traveling from Singapore to San Diego, you'll gain 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in November, expect nights in San Diego to be cooler, around 16°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park ©
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

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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 take some stellar pictures from Mather Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): stroll through Bright Angel Trail and then steep yourself in history at Grand Canyon Railway Depot.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of tram, bus, and shuttle. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from San Diego, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Wawona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
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Mather Point ©
Mather Point
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim

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Wawona

Wawona ©
Wawona is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. On the 22nd (Fri), trek along Mariposa Grove, then get great views at Washburn Point, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Half Dome and then explore the striking landscape at El Capitan.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Wawona trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Wawona in 11 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. 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 November, things will get a bit warmer in Wawona: highs are around 23°C and lows about 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Wawona

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Half Dome ©
Half Dome

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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), enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Wawona to Carmel in 4 hours. In November in Carmel, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

City by the Bay

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, see the interesting displays at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Grace Cathedral ©
Grace Cathedral

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