12 days in West Coast & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

12 days in West Coast & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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12 days in West Coast & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Portland
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h
2
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Redwood National Park
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Avalon, Catalina Island
— 1 day
ferry + bus:  1​h 30​min
7
Anaheim
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
9
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  9​h
End: Austin

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Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Portland trip app .

Austin to Portland is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Austin to Portland due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Austin in June, things will get slightly colder in Portland: highs are around 77°F and lows about 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Highlights from your plan

1
night
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, wander the streets of Pike Place Market, then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Seattle vacation planner.

You can fly from Portland to Seattle in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in June, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 1st (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lincoln Park, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and finally contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have fun and explore at Exploratorium, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, and then have fun at RocketBoat.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and subway from Seattle to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

2
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): make a trip to Olmsted Point, then stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally trek along Panorama Trail.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip builder app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

1
day
Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): hike along Redwood National Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Redwood National Park trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Redwood National Park in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you will find days in Redwood National Park are a bit cooler (64°F), and nights are a bit warmer (52°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Avalon.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Outdoors Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park

1
day
Avalon, Catalina Island

Avalon ©
Avalon is the only incorporated city on Santa Catalina Island of the California Channel Islands, and the southernmost city in Los Angeles County. On the 6th (Sat), head off the coast to Catalina Island Conservancy and then try for a hole-in-one at Golf Gardens Miniature Golf.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Avalon day trip planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Redwood National Park to Avalon. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Redwood National Park in July; daily highs in Avalon reach 77°F and lows reach 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Anaheim.

Things to do in Avalon

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Catalina Island Conservancy ©
Catalina Island Conservancy
Golf Gardens Miniature Golf ©
Golf Gardens Miniature Golf

1
night
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
On the 7th (Sun), make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Anaheim online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Avalon to Anaheim in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, Anaheim is a bit warmer than Avalon - with highs of 86°F and lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

1
night
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.
On the 8th (Mon), kick back and relax at Children's Pool and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego day trip planning website .

Getting from Anaheim to San Diego by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Anaheim in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): hike along South Kaibab Trail, explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, and then see the interesting displays at Yavapai Geology Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park holiday builder 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 flight, taxi, and bus. Traveling from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Diego in July, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are somewhat warmer (84°F), and nights are a bit cooler (52°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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