17 days in Zion National Park, Grand Canyon National Park & California Itinerary

17 days in Zion National Park, Grand Canyon National Park & California Itinerary

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Start: Toronto
Fly:  8 h
1
Zion National Park
— 1 night
+4
Shuttle + Foot + Shuttle + Foot + Shuttle:  3 h
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
3
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Bus:  4 h 30 min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Bus + Taxi:  4 h 30 min
6
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
8
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Toronto

1
night
Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Zion National Park. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, thenhike along Angel's Landing, and then take a memorable drive along Zion Shuttle.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Zion National Park day trip app.

Toronto, Canada to Zion National Park is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Toronto to Zion National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in August, you will find days in Zion National Park are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are a bit cooler (14°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive ©
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive

3
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 Grand Canyon South Rim and Hopi Point. On the 13th (Tue), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's still lots to do: trek along Rim Trail, take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park online itinerary builder.

Traveling by shuttle from Zion National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 10 hours. When traveling from Zion National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

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day
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Barker Dam Trail, thenappreciate the views at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, and then don't miss a visit to Arch Rock.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Joshua Tree National Park trip planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Joshua Tree National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, with highs in Joshua Tree National Park at 45°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Barker Dam Trail
Barker Dam Trail
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, thenget to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

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You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in August; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 34°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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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.
Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and explore the striking landscape at El Capitan.

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Take a bus from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 12 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 21st (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Monterey trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Point Lobos
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Strawberry Hill, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Marshall’s Beach, make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

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You can drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a shuttle. In August, daytime highs in San Francisco are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fishing Charters & Tours

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night
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park and then explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park.

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Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, train, and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for much warmer days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with highs around 41°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park ©
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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