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

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

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

Start: Nashville
Fly:  7​h
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Nashville

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Castello di Amorosa and Fisherman's Wharf. Step off the beaten path and head to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Cable Car Museum. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Bodega Dunes (in Bodega) and Goat Rock Beach (in Jenner). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Union Square, contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary website .

Nashville to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and subway. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In July, San Francisco is little chillier than Nashville - with highs of 73°F and lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Goat Rock Beach, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Castello di Amorosa, Bodega Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

3
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.
Visiting Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Beach will get you outdoors. Appreciate the collections at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Change things up with a short trip to Montana Avenue in Santa Monica (about 36 minutes away). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, stop by Hollywood & Highland, appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, and see the interesting displays at Hollyhock House.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Los Angeles day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, flight, and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in July, with highs in Los Angeles at 83°F and lows at 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rim Trail and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step out of the city life by going to South Kaibab Trail and Hopi House. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, get great views at Mather Point, admire the striking features of Lookout Studio, and stop by Canyon Village Marketplace.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip builder tool .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park, with lows around 52°F. You'll set off for home on the 27th (Fri).

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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