16 days in West Coast & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

16 days in West Coast & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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16 days in West Coast & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Portland
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h
2
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Redwood National Park
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Avalon, Catalina Island
— 1 day
ferry + bus:  1​h 30​min
7
Anaheim
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
9
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  9​h
End: Austin

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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 28th (Fri), stroll through Oregon Zoo and then look for gifts at Powell's City of Books.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Portland itinerary planner.

Austin to Portland is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Austin to Portland, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Austin in June, things will get little chillier in Portland: highs are around 77°F and lows about 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Oregon Zoo ©
Oregon Zoo
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, and finally wander the streets of Pike Place Market. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Seattle Aquarium, enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach, then take a leisurely stroll along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, and finally stop by Elliott Bay Book Company.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Seattle holiday planner .

Getting from Portland to Seattle by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June in Seattle, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Seattle Aquarium ©
Seattle Aquarium
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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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 1st (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, play a few rounds at Lincoln Park, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and finally step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Exploratorium, then wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and then have fun at RocketBoat.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco online trip maker .

Do a combination of flight and subway from Seattle to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lembert Dome, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park route planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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day
Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Redwood National Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Redwood National Park road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Redwood National Park takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Redwood National Park: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Avalon.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park

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day
Avalon, Catalina Island

Avalon ©
Avalon is the only incorporated city on Santa Catalina Island of the California Channel Islands, and the southernmost city in Los Angeles County. On the 7th (Sun), head off the coast to Catalina Island Conservancy and then try for a hole-in-one at Golf Gardens Miniature Golf.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Avalon road trip tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Redwood National Park to Avalon. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Redwood National Park in July; daily highs in Avalon reach 77°F and lows reach 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Anaheim.

Things to do in Avalon

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Catalina Island Conservancy ©
Catalina Island Conservancy
Golf Gardens Miniature Golf ©
Golf Gardens Miniature Golf

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nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park. Here are some ideas for day two: make an unforgettable trip to Disney California Adventure Park.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Anaheim trip itinerary site .

Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Avalon to Anaheim in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Avalon in July; daily highs in Anaheim reach 86°F and lows reach 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

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.
On the 10th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): get in on the family fun at SeaWorld San Diego.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego trip builder .

Traveling by car from Anaheim to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Anaheim in July, plan for slightly colder days in San Diego, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

1
night
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 12th (Fri), hike along South Kaibab Trail, explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, and then engage your brain at Yavapai Geology Museum.

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

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Traveling from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 52°F at night. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Inner Canyon ©
Inner Canyon

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