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 + Shuttle:  14​h 15​min
1
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
7
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Tram + Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: London

1
night
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then take in the exciting artwork at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, then stroll through Point Lobos, and finally stop by AiX.

Start your trip to Monterey by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

London, UK to Monterey is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. June in Monterey sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Carmel, AiX
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Gallery by the Sea Carmel ©
Gallery by the Sea Carmel

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then shop like a local with Union Square. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, buy something for everyone on your list at NFL Shop Pier 39, then take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument, and finally get into the urban bustle at Civic Center.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Francisco holiday planner.

Getting from Monterey to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, then don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and finally admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 30°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): revel in the low prices at Citadel Outlets, then browse the different shops at The Grove, and then look for gifts at LA Farmers' Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Bay, take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, then admire the masterpieces at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, and finally make a trip to Universal CityWalk Hollywood.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 19°C in Los Angeles. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica Bay
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay
LA Farmers' Market ©
LA Farmers' Market

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Shores Park and then immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. On the next day, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Beach, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Diego journey planning site .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

1
night
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Jacinto Mountain, then stop by Destination PSP, and then take an in-depth tour of Palm Springs Air Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Palm Springs tour planner.

Drive from San Diego to Palm Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from San Diego in June, plan for warmer days in Palm Springs, with highs around 48°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
San Jacinto Mountain ©
San Jacinto Mountain
Destination PSP ©
Destination PSP

3
nights
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 outdoors at Grand Canyon South Rim and Bright Angel Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to South Kaibab Trail and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Desert View Watchtower, get great views at Lookout Studio, explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, and admire the landmark architecture of Grand Canyon Railway Depot.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Grand Canyon National Park takes 6.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Palm Springs to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Palm Springs in June, things will get cooler in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 34°C and lows about 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

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