14 days in California, Grand Canyon National Park & Midwest Itinerary

14 days in California, Grand Canyon National Park & Midwest Itinerary

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14 days in California, Grand Canyon National Park & Midwest Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h 15​min
5
Chicago
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Newark

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Bring the kids along to Exploratorium and Japanese Tea Garden. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, walk around Golden Gate Park, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and don't miss a visit to Lombard Street.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner.

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Newark to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in July, expect San Francisco to be a bit cooler, temps between 73°F and 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car 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

4
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along Mariposa Grove, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, and take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 83°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

2
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.
On the 13th (Mon), take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier and then find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park. On the next day, examine the collection at Travel Town, then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles road trip planning website .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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.
Grand Canyon National Park is known for nature, trails, historic sites, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, trek along North Kaibab Trail, stroll through South Kaibab Trail, and explore and take pictures at East Rim Drive.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip app .

Getting from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Grand Canyon National Park, with lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

1
night
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 18th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, then make a trip to Millennium Park, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower. On the next day, observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, and then ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Chicago holiday builder tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Chicago takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Chicago is 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 67°F in Chicago. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago

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