16 days in California & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

16 days in California & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Cima
— 1 night
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
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Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 3 nights

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, about 36 minutes away. Pack the 14th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary builder app.

Budapest, Hungary to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Budapest to Los Angeles, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Budapest in October, plan for much hotter days in Los Angeles, with highs around 32°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 19°C. On the 15th (Tue), you'll travel to Cima.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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Cima

Cima
Cima is a small unincorporated community in the Mojave Desert of San Bernardino County, California, in the United States. For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cima day trip site.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Cima in 3.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Cima due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in October: highs in Cima hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 22°C. You'll set off for Grand Canyon National Park on the 16th (Wed).

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): trek along Bright Angel Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along South Kaibab Trail, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and then explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park visit planner.

You can drive from Cima to Grand Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Cima in October, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be much colder, temps between 22°C and 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 19th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, cruise along Artists Dr, and then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park day trip site.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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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 21st (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park road trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 6 hours. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 22°C, while nights are much colder with lows around -2°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Shark Fin Cove. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and finally stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Santa Cruz day trip site.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Santa Cruz in 5.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Santa Cruz, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 12°C. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 23rd (Wed), take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street and then steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and finally walk around Golden Gate Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip builder site.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in San Francisco are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. You'll set off for home on the 26th (Sat).

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens 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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