15 days in California & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

15 days in California & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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15 days in California & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Santa Monica
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
+2
bus + tram + Fly:  17​h
End: London

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Spend the 4th (Sat) on a tasty journey with a beer tour and tasting. There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Alcatraz Island, catch a ride on Cable Cars, explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, and stroll through Golden Gate Park.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Francisco. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in May; daily highs in San Francisco reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
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.
Spend the 6th (Mon) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Pothole Dome, stroll through May Lake Trailhead, and trek along Wawona Meadow.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in May, expect little chillier with lows of 1°C in Yosemite National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Topanga State Park.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, read our Santa Monica trip planner .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Santa Monica in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May: highs in Santa Monica hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Los Angeles
Highlights from your plan
Topanga State Park ©
Topanga State Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Walt Disney Concert Hall ©
Walt Disney Concert Hall

3
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.
San Diego is known for museums, zoos & aquariums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, and stroll through Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

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You can drive from Santa Monica to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May in San Diego, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa 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.
On the 14th (Tue), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, hike along South Kaibab Trail, take some stellar pictures from Hopi Point, and make a trip to Powell Point.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip maker .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. Plan for much colder nights when traveling from San Diego in May since evenings lows in Grand Canyon National Park dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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