17 days in Grand Canyon National Park & San Francisco Itinerary

17 days in Grand Canyon National Park & San Francisco Itinerary

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17 days in Grand Canyon National Park & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Valley Head
Drive:  25​h 30​min
1
Grand Canyon National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  12​h 15​min
2
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  35​h 30​min
End: Valley Head

7
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to North Kaibab Trail and Grand Canyon South Rim. Appreciate the collections at Kolb Studio and Yavapai Geology Museum. On the 3rd (Wed), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. The adventure continues: trek along Rim Trail, get great views at Mather Point, make a trip to Grand Canyon Village, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip builder tool .

Valley Head to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Valley Head to Grand Canyon National Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Valley Head in July, Grand Canyon National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some cultural insight at Exploratorium and Fisherman's Wharf. California Academy of Sciences and SS Jeremiah O'Brien will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, explore the world behind art at Legion of Honor, see the interesting displays at USS Pampanito, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online attractions 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 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. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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