16 days in West Coast & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

16 days in West Coast & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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Start: Buenos Aires
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Los Angeles
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  7 h 45 min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  8 h 30 min
4
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Tram + Bus:  6 h 30 min
6
Cascade Locks
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
7
Astoria
— 3 nights
Fly:  22 h 45 min
End: Buenos Aires

1
day
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.
On the 9th (Sun), look and learn at Griffith Observatory, thenmake a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, thensee the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and finally take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planning site.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Los Angeles is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Buenos Aires in June, with highs in Los Angeles at 30°C and lows at 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): hike along South Kaibab Trail, thensee the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, thenexplore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Mather Point and then hike along Rim Trail.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip maker website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of tram, bus, and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. While traveling from San Diego, expect somewhat warmer days and much colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Mather Point ©
Mather Point

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 13th (Thu), take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument, thentake in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): engage your brain at Exploratorium, thentake in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco online journey planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to San Francisco in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and subway. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to San Francisco, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. Visiting Yosemite Falls and Vernal Fall will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: trek along Lembert Dome, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

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

You can fly from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in June, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are a bit cooler (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cascade Locks.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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night
Cascade Locks

Cascade Locks ©
Cascade Locks is a city in Hood River County, Oregon, United States. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Multnomah Falls, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Punchbowl Waterfall, thenimmerse yourself in nature at Starvation Creek State Park, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Starvation Creek Ridge Loop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Little Zigzag Falls and then trek along Ramona Falls Trail.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cascade Locks road trip planning website.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Cascade Locks by bus takes about 29 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days in Cascade Locks, with highs around 26°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Astoria.

Things to do in Cascade Locks

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Little Zigzag Falls, Multnomah Falls, Ramona Falls Trail
Highlights from your plan
Multnomah Falls ©
Multnomah Falls
Little Zigzag Falls ©
Little Zigzag Falls
Starvation Creek Ridge Loop ©
Starvation Creek Ridge Loop

3
nights
Astoria

Astoria ©
Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
Explore hidden gems such as Haystack Rock and Cannon Beach. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Astoria Column and Columbia River Maritime Museum. Explore Astoria's surroundings by going to Hug Point State Recreation Site (in Arch Cape), Manzanita Beach (in Manzanita) and Ecola State Park (in Cannon Beach). It doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Young River Falls and see the interesting displays at Seaside Inverted Experience.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Astoria trip maker.

Traveling by car from Cascade Locks to Astoria takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Cascade Locks in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Astoria: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Astoria

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cannon Beach, Hug Point State Recreation Site, Manzanita Beach, Seaside Inverted Experience
Highlights from your plan
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park

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