12 days in Los Angeles, Grand Canyon National Park & San Francisco Itinerary

12 days in Los Angeles, Grand Canyon National Park & San Francisco Itinerary

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12 days in Los Angeles, Grand Canyon National Park & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Kunming
Fly:  23​h
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Kunming

4
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.
Los Angeles is known for museums, theme parks, childrens museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles holiday planning app .

Kunming, China to Los Angeles is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll gain 16 hours traveling from Kunming to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. In December, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than Kunming - with highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area ©
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Bright Angel History Room and Yavapai Geology Museum. Get outdoors at Grand Canyon South Rim and Lookout Studio. And it doesn't end there: hike along Bright Angel Trail, see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, and stroll through South Kaibab Trail.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park day trip planning app .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, things will get much colder in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 8°C and lows about -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 17th (Tue), browse the exhibits of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, then kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park, then examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to San Francisco takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 17°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
SS Jeremiah O'Brien ©
SS Jeremiah O'Brien

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