18 days in California & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

18 days in California & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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18 days in California & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

Start: Moscow
Fly:  16​h
1
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Bakersfield
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Moscow

5
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Knott's Berry Farm. Kids will enjoy Griffith Observatory and Santa Monica Pier. Pack the 30th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary builder app .

Moscow, Russia to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Moscow to Los Angeles, you'll gain 11 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than Moscow - with highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Knott's Berry Farm
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park road trip planning website .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Grand Canyon National Park, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Bakersfield.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Yaki Point ©
Yaki Point

2
nights
Bakersfield

Bakersfield ©
Bakersfield is a city in California, United States, and the county seat of Kern County. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): stroll through California Area Living Museum (CALM), steep yourself in history at Tehachapi Loop, and then do a tasting at Souza Family Vineyard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, take an in-depth tour of Kern County Museum, then see the interesting displays at West kern oil museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Bakersfield online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Bakersfield takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Bakersfield. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Bakersfield, ranging from highs of 43°C to lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Bakersfield

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Tehachapi, West kern oil museum
Highlights from your plan
West kern oil museum ©
West kern oil museum
Tehachapi Loop ©
Tehachapi Loop
Kern County Museum ©
Kern County Museum

1
day
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 3rd (Sat), contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moro Rock, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park attractions planner .

Explore your travel options from Bakersfield to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Bakersfield in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Roaring River Falls ©
Roaring River Falls

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Point Lobos and Lovers Point. Visit Carmel Mission and Point Pinos Lighthouse for their historical value. Spend the 6th (Tue) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links, admire the architecture and history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, and stroll through Dennis the Menace Park.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Monterey trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Monterey takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, expect nights in Monterey to be slightly colder, around 16°C, while days are colder, around 24°C. On the 7th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. August in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): discover the magic at Disneyland Park. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and then admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles day trip app .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica State Beach, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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