15 days in Arizona & California Itinerary

15 days in Arizona & California Itinerary

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15 days in Arizona & California Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
+3
Fly + bus + foot + shuttle:  33​h
1
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
2
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)


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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.
Bright Angel History Room and Yavapai Geology Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get in touch with nature at Canyon Village Marketplace and Grand Canyon South Rim. Spend the 19th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: stop by Verkamp's Curios, see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, get great views at Hopi Point, and get a taste of the local shopping with Lookout Studio.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip planner .

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 33-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Grand Canyon National Park is minus 12 hours. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December, things will get colder in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 8°C and lows about -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Hopi Point ©
Hopi Point

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 21st (Fri), examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and then step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read San Diego trip itinerary site .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego. In December, San Diego is warmer than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

2
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, examine the collection at The Getty Center, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, and finally admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and then see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Santa Monica trip planning site .

Getting from San Diego to Santa Monica by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and tram; or do a combination of flight and bus. December in Santa Monica sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Los Angeles
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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, then tour the pleasant surroundings at North Dome, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and finally don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park journey site .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and car from Santa Monica to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Santa Monica in December, things will get cooler in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 9°C and lows about -11°C. 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

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Appreciate the collections at Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. For shopping fun, head to Ferry Building Marketplace or Union Square. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero, enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, and take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a San Francisco trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in December: highs in San Francisco hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 8°C. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

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