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: 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
Drive:  4​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Cascade Locks
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Astoria
— 3 nights
+2
bus + tram + Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Buenos Aires

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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), see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles travel itinerary planner.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Los Angeles is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Los Angeles. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Buenos Aires in June; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 30°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive 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
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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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.
On the 10th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, you will find days in San Diego are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Zoos & Aquariums Parks 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, see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Mather Point and then hike along Rim Trail.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip site .

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 and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from San Diego in June, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are colder (6°C). Finish 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
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim

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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, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): have fun and explore at Exploratorium, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the San Francisco planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to San Francisco takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to San Francisco, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in June, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (25°C), and nights are a bit warmer (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Museums Parks

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Vernal Fall and Yosemite Falls. Visiting Tuolumne Meadows and Sentinel Dome will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, make a trip to Olmsted Point, stroll through Panorama Trail, and explore the striking landscape at Lembert Dome.

For where to stay and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 30°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cascade Locks.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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. On the 18th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Multnomah Falls, admire the sheer force of Punchbowl Waterfall, then admire the sheer force of Starvation Creek State Park, and finally trek along Starvation Creek Ridge Loop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Little Zigzag Falls, ride a horse along Ramona Falls Trail, and then take a memorable drive along Multnomah Falls.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cascade Locks route planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Cascade Locks. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June: highs in Cascade Locks hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Astoria.

Things to do in Cascade Locks

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ramona Falls Trail, Little Zigzag Falls, Multnomah Falls, Multnomah Falls
Highlights from your plan
Multnomah Falls ©
Multnomah Falls
Little Zigzag Falls ©
Little Zigzag Falls
Starvation Creek State Park ©
Starvation Creek State Park

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nights
Astoria

Astoria ©
Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
Step out of the city life by going to Ecola State Park and Astoria Column. Get some cultural insight at Columbia River Maritime Museum and Seaside Inverted Experience. Change things up with these side-trips from Astoria: Cannon Beach (Cannon Beach & Haystack Rock), Hug Point State Recreation Site (in Arch Cape) and Manzanita Beach (in Manzanita). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Young River Falls.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Astoria road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Cascade Locks to Astoria takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cascade Locks in June: highs in Astoria hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Astoria

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Cannon Beach, Seaside Inverted Experience, Manzanita Beach, Hug Point State Recreation Site
Highlights from your plan
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Columbia River Maritime Museum ©
Columbia River Maritime Museum

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