18 days in California & Arizona Itinerary

18 days in California & Arizona Itinerary

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18 days in California & Arizona Itinerary

Start: Appleton
Fly:  8​h
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Carlsbad
— 1 day
Drive:  8​h 15​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Sedona
— 4 nights
Drive:  11​h 30​min
7
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Appleton


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1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 7th (Sun), step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip tool .

Appleton to San Francisco is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Appleton in July, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are little chillier, around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): explore the activities along Monterey Bay, kick back and relax at Lovers Point, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Monterey trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Monterey are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel River State Beach, Lovers Point
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vernal Fall and Glacier Point. Step out of the city life by going to Panorama Trail and Tunnel View. The adventure continues: trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, get answers to all your questions at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, and kick back and relax at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

Start your trip to Yosemite National Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from Monterey in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 83°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

1
day
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Stretching along 11 km (7 mi) of Pacific coastline, the city of Carlsbad attracts visitors with its Mediterranean climate and natural beauty.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): kick back and relax at South Carlsbad State Beach and then kick back and relax at Moonlight Beach State Park.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad trip itinerary builder tool .

Explore your travel options from Yosemite National Park to Carlsbad with the Route module. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Carlsbad, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Moonlight Beach State Park
Highlights from your plan
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach
Moonlight Beach State Park ©
Moonlight Beach State Park

2
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.
Get in touch with nature at Rim Trail and South Kaibab Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bright Angel Trail and Yavapai Point. Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim and get great views at Powell Point.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Grand Canyon National Park takes 8.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Carlsbad in July, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are a bit warmer (84°F), and nights are little chillier (52°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

4
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Slide Rock State Park and Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Walnut Canyon National Monument and Lowell Observatory. There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Oak Creek Canyon, hike along Airport Mesa, explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Devil's Bridge Trail.

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Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona by car takes about 2.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July: high temperatures in Sedona hover around 92°F and lows are around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Flagstaff
Highlights from your plan
Bell Rock ©
Bell Rock
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Oak Creek Canyon ©
Oak Creek Canyon

2
nights
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.
On the 21st (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, then explore and take pictures at Generals Hwy, and finally contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree. On the next day, explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park, make a trip to Cedar Grove Visitor Center, and then admire the sheer force of Roaring River Falls.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip maker site .

You can drive from Sedona to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, bus, and car. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Sedona in July, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are a bit warmer (98°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). On the 23rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Zumwalt Meadow Trail ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail

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