15 days in West Coast & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

15 days in West Coast & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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15 days in West Coast & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h
1
Seattle
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Cannon Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Portland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  12​h 45​min
8
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
9
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Newark

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Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Seattle tour itinerary maker website .

Newark to Seattle is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Newark in September, with highs in Seattle at 72°F and lows at 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle

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night
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Cannon Beach, explore the striking landscape at Haystack Rock, and then immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cannon Beach journey planner .

Traveling by car from Seattle to Cannon Beach takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Portland.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park

1
night
Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
On the 2nd (Wed), stroll through Forest Park, trek along Wildwood Trail, then get outside with Portland Timbers, and finally look for gifts at Powell's City of Books.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Portland trip maker tool .

You can drive from Cannon Beach to Portland in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in Portland

Outdoors Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Portland Timbers ©
Portland Timbers
Forest Park ©
Forest Park
Wildwood Trail ©
Wildwood Trail

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
On the 3rd (Thu), do a tasting at Inglenook, learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars, and finally do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the St. Helena trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Portland to St. Helena takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Portland in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in St. Helena: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries

Side Trips

Inglenook, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery ©
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Inglenook ©
Inglenook

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 4th (Fri): stroll through Marshall’s Beach, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and finally explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ina Coolbrith Park, take a stroll through SoMa, then take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, and finally stroll through China Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco road trip website .

Traveling by car from St. Helena to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from St. Helena in October: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Del Mar Beach, then kick back and relax at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, then don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Carmel sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome. There's still lots to do: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, make a trip to Olmsted Point, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park road trip tool .

Drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in October, Yosemite National Park is much colder at night with lows of 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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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 Rim Trail and North Kaibab Trail. On the 11th (Fri), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, get great views at Lookout Studio, and hike along South Kaibab Trail.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. In October in Grand Canyon National Park, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 31°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): meet the residents at San Diego Zoo and then immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego attractions planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Diego, with highs around 78°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

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