16 days in Grand Canyon National Park & Fresno Itinerary

16 days in Grand Canyon National Park & Fresno Itinerary

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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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Fresno
— 10 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park

— 3 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yaki Point and Mohave Point. Escape the urban bustle at Hermit Trail and Trailview Overlook. Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Hermit Road, take some stellar pictures from Maricopa Point, look for gifts at Tusayan General Store, and explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park day trip planning site.

Olathe to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 14-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Olathe to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Grand Canyon National Park when traveling from Olathe in December, with lows around 15°F. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Fresno.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Fresno

— 10 nights
The only metropolitan hub nestled between three national parks, Fresno makes a surprisingly lively getaway.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Pioneer Yosemite History Center and San Luis National Wildlife Refuge. Escape the urban bustle at Project Survival's Cat Haven and Panoramic Point. Venture out of the city with trips to Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park (in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park), Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Merced) and Three Rivers (Tokopah Falls & The Presidente tree). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Old Town Clovis, look for all kinds of wild species at San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Johns Cathedral of Fresno, and head outdoors with Chukchansi Park.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Fresno vacation maker site.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Fresno by car takes about 9.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Fresno. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Fresno: temperatures range from 58°F by day to 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fresno

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips