12 days in Sacramento, Yellowstone National Park & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

12 days in Sacramento, Yellowstone National Park & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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12 days in Sacramento, Yellowstone National Park & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Drive:  1​h 45​min
1
Sacramento
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  12​h 15​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Sacramento

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Kids will enjoy Wine Tours & Tastings and River Rafting & Tubing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sacramento: Auburn Joss House Chinese Museum (in Auburn), Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards (in St. Helena) and Sonoma Plaza (in Sonoma). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at California State Railroad Museum.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sacramento travel itinerary planner.

San Francisco to Sacramento is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Sacramento to be about the same, around 61°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 93°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Sacramento

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trips

Wine Tours & Tastings, Sonoma Plaza, River Rafting & Tubing, Auburn Joss House Chinese Museum, Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Sonoma Plaza ©
Sonoma Plaza
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum

4
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Change things up with these side-trips from Yellowstone National Park: Grand Teton (in Grand Teton National Park) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Gardiner). The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake, and admire all the interesting features of Yellowstone Institute.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Yellowstone National Park using our trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Sacramento to Yellowstone National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, subway, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Sacramento in July, expect Yellowstone National Park to be cooler, temps between 73°F and 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Horseback Riding Tours, Grand Teton
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Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Horseback Riding Tours
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

3
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.
On the 31st (Wed), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, get great views at Lipan Point, trek along Rim Trail, and stroll through South Kaibab Trail.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, flight, and bus. In July, Grand Canyon National Park is somewhat warmer than Yellowstone National Park - with highs of 84°F and lows of 52°F. On the 2nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Yavapai Geology Museum ©
Yavapai Geology Museum
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

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