16 days in California & Arizona Itinerary

16 days in California & Arizona Itinerary

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16 days in California & Arizona Itinerary

Start: Doha
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  7​h 45​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  12​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Doha

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disneyland Park about 30 minutes away. Pack the 8th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, and get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles journey planner.

Doha, Qatar to Los Angeles is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Doha to Los Angeles, you'll gain 11 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Doha in June, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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 10th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Diego day trip planning tool .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in June, plan for a bit cooler days in San Diego, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time 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 13th (Thu), 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 Lipan Point, cruise along East Rim Drive, and hike along Rim Trail.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park travel planner.

Getting from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in June: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, parks, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, make a trip to Olmsted Point, hike along Panorama Trail, and get great views at Tunnel View.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park day trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in June: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, explore and take pictures at AT&T Park, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 25°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Childrens Museums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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