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

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

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

Start: Pierre
Drive:  18​h 45​min
1
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Scottsdale
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
7
Redwood National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  27​h
End: Pierre

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 1st (Mon): engage your brain at Yavapai Geology Museum, stroll around Indian Garden, take some stellar pictures from Maricopa Point, then make a trip to Grand Canyon Railway Depot, then take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Yavapai Point.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park route planner .

Pierre to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Pierre to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Grand Canyon National Park when traveling from Pierre in May, with lows around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Museums
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Inner Canyon ©
Inner Canyon
Yavapai Geology Museum ©
Yavapai Geology Museum
Maricopa Point ©
Maricopa Point

2
nights
Scottsdale

Scottsdale ©
Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. You've now added Advantage Grand Canyon to your itinerary. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Advantage Grand Canyon and then identify plant and animal life at Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Scottsdale trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Scottsdale takes 4 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in June: high temperatures in Scottsdale hover around 107°F and lows are around 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Scottsdale

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Shores Park, kick back and relax at Windansea Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. On the next day, kick back and relax at Moonlight State Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coronado Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Lions, Tigers & Bears.

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Traveling by flight from Scottsdale to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Scottsdale to San Diego is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Scottsdale in June, you will find days in San Diego are cooler (73°F), and nights are a bit cooler (64°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Coronado Beach, Lions, Tigers & Bears, Moonlight State Beach
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La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach

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night
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 6th (Sat), examine the collection at The Nethercutt Collection, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then admire the masterpieces at The Broad, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in June, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 62°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums
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The Nethercutt Collection ©
The Nethercutt Collection
The Broad ©
The Broad
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Pfeiffer State Beach has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Limekiln State Park, then trek along Partington Cove, then stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, and finally admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Andrew Molera State Park, enjoy the sea views from Point Sur State Historic Park, and then kick back and relax at China Cove and Gibson Beach.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the Big Sur trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Los Angeles to Big Sur by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In June, Big Sur is a bit cooler than Los Angeles - with highs of 68°F and lows of 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

China Cove and Gibson Beach
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Partington Cove ©
Partington Cove
Limekiln State Park ©
Limekiln State Park

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night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): trek along Lands End, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Big Sur to San Francisco in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Lands End ©
Lands End

2
nights
Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
You've now added Redwood National Park to your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Enderts Beach and Trillium Falls Hike. You'll discover tucked-away gems like California Coastal Trail and Tall Trees Grove. It doesn't end there: hike along Lady Bird Johnson Grove and don't miss a visit to Big Tree.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Redwood National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from San Francisco to Redwood National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in June; daily highs in Redwood National Park reach 63°F and lows reach 49°F. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Orick
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Enderts Beach ©
Enderts Beach
Trillium Falls Hike ©
Trillium Falls Hike

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