14 days in Utah, California & Arizona Itinerary

14 days in Utah, California & Arizona Itinerary

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14 days in Utah, California & Arizona Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
1
Zion National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
6
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
7
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Dallas

1
night
Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Zion National Park tour itinerary builder tool .

Dallas to Zion National Park is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dallas to Zion National Park due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Dallas, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Zion National Park, ranging from highs of 50°F to lows of 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Trails Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Narrows ©
The Narrows

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 23rd (Sun), immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, then stroll through Santa Monica Bay, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Zion National Park to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Zion National Park to Los Angeles is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Zion National Park in December, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (69°F), and nights are much warmer (49°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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.
On the 25th (Tue), make a trip to Yosemite Village, explore the striking landscape at North Dome, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): kick back and relax at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park day trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in December; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 46°F and lows reach 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
North Dome ©
North Dome

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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 27th (Thu), take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, then explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park, and then take a stroll through Union Square.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in December: highs in San Francisco hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 29th (Sat), immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then learn about winemaking at Dawn's Dream Winery.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Carmel online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Dawn's Dream Winery ©
Dawn's Dream Winery

2
nights
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 30th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego day trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Carmel to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in December: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 68°F and lows are around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

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.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Hopi House. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, hike along South Kaibab Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tonto Trail, and take some stellar pictures from Powell Point.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip planner .

Getting from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from San Diego in January; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 44°F and lows reach 15°F. On the 3rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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