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

Start: Toronto
Fly + taxi:  8​h
1
Zion National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  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
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  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
+3
Drive + shuttle + bus + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Toronto

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Zion National Park. On your second day here, cruise along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, then hike along Angel's Landing, and then explore and take pictures at Zion Shuttle.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Zion National Park road trip app .

Toronto, Canada to Zion National Park is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Toronto to Zion National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in August: highs in Zion National Park hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can 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

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Rim Trail and South Kaibab Trail. On the 13th (Tue), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim and get great views at Hopi Point.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park online visit planner .

Explore your travel options from Zion National Park to Grand Canyon National Park with the Route module. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Zion National Park in August: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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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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.
On the 15th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Barker Dam Trail, then appreciate the views at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, and then make a trip to Arch Rock.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Joshua Tree National Park trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Joshua Tree National Park in 6.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Joshua Tree National Park due to the time zone difference. In August, Joshua Tree National Park is much warmer than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 45°C and lows of 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 Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock

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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles online road trip planner .

Getting from Joshua Tree National Park to Los Angeles by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in August, things will get little chillier in Los Angeles: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Panorama Trail and Nevada Falls Loop. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, see the interesting displays at Yosemite Museum Gallery, and don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, Yosemite National Park is much colder at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Nevada Falls Loop ©
Nevada Falls Loop

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Monterey trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you will find days in Monterey are little chillier (24°C), and nights are a bit warmer (16°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Point Lobos, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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.
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 head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Marshall’s Beach, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find out how to plan a trip to San Francisco, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in San Francisco are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough 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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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 hike along Moro Rock. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls and then explore the striking landscape of Kings Canyon National Park.

Find out how to plan Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can fly from San Francisco to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for much warmer days and about the same nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 20°C at night. 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 Trails
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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