18 days in California, Grand Canyon National Park & Seattle Itinerary

18 days in California, Grand Canyon National Park & Seattle Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to Oakland
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Fly to Seattle Tacoma International Airport
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Seattle
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Visit Santa Monica State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk for some beach relaxation. You'll explore and learn at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica), Oak Canyon Nature Center (in Anaheim) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point). There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, get engrossed in the history at Autry Museum of the American West, and make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles road trip planning tool.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sao Paulo in July; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 33°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park

— 3 nights
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 21st (Tue): trek along Bright Angel Trail and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Kolb Studio, then take a memorable drive along Cape Royal, and then stroll through South Kaibab Trail.

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Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Grand Canyon National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Scenic Drive

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and Musee Mecanique. Get in touch with nature at Fort Funston National Park and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Dominic Church, step aboard SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and engage your brain at Exploratorium.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to San Francisco takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, bus, and subway. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
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 Vernal Fall. There's much more to do: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, get answers to all your questions at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park tour itinerary maker tool.

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 33°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 9°C. On the 29th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Seattle

— 3 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, then stroll around Mercer Slough Nature Park, then take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Alki Beach, don't miss a visit to Pioneer Square, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Seattle tour itinerary planning site.

Explore your travel options from Yosemite National Park to Seattle with the Route module. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 18°C in Seattle. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.