15 days in Grand Canyon National Park & California's Wine Coast Country Itinerary

15 days in Grand Canyon National Park & California's Wine Coast Country Itinerary

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Start: Tampa, Florida
Fly + Bus:  12 h 45 min
1
Grand Canyon National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  10 h 15 min
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Arroyo Grande
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: Tampa, Florida

7
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.
Navajo Bridge and Grand Canyon Railway Depot will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Cameron Trading Post and Navajo Point. Explore Grand Canyon National Park's surroundings by going to Supai (Navajo Falls & Mooney Falls). And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Powell Point, take a memorable drive along Point Imperial Drive, take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon, and don't miss a visit to Moran Point.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park day trip site.

Tampa to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 13- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Tampa to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Tampa, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Supai, Cameron Trading Post
Highlights from your plan
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
East Rim Drive ©
East Rim Drive
Navajo Bridge ©
Navajo Bridge

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Popular historic sites such as Piedras Blancas Light Station and Hearst Castle are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fiscalini Ranch Preserve and Piedras Blancas. There's much more to do: stroll through William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Rosa Catholic Church, get great views at Ragged Point Overlook, and do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon vacation tool.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to San Simeon by car takes about 10.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to San Simeon is minus 1 hour. In September, San Simeon is somewhat warmer than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 90°F and lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Arroyo Grande.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cambria
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Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Leffingwell Landing ©
Leffingwell Landing

4
nights
Arroyo Grande

Arroyo Grande is a city in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Speed Boats Tours and Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Avila Main Beach and Pismo State Beach. Explore Arroyo Grande's surroundings by going to Los Osos (Bluff Trail, Sweet Springs Nature Preserve, &more) and Cayucos Pier (in Cayucos). The adventure continues: visit a coastal fixture at Point San Luis Lighthouse and look for gifts at Alapay Cellars.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Arroyo Grande trip itinerary site.

You can drive from San Simeon to Arroyo Grande in 1.5 hours. While traveling from San Simeon, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Arroyo Grande, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 57°F. You will leave for home on the 26th (Sat).

Things to do in Arroyo Grande

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Avila Beach, Los Osos, Cayucos Pier, Pismo State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Bluff Trail
Bluff Trail
Point San Luis Lighthouse ©
Point San Luis Lighthouse

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