19 days in California & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

19 days in California & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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19 days in California & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Anaheim
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Newark

2
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like SeaWorld San Diego and Cabrillo National Monument.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip planner .

Newark to San Diego is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Newark to San Diego, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Newark in March: highs in San Diego hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 56°F. On the 4th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

3
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Attractions like Disneyland Park and Downtown Disney make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: let little ones run wild at Tarzan's Treehouse.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Anaheim trip maker .

Drive from San Diego to Anaheim in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from San Diego in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Anaheim: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney
Tarzan's Treehouse ©
Tarzan's Treehouse

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.
On the 8th (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner.

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Anaheim. In March, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. On the 9th (Sat), you'll travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Hollywood Walk of Fame ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame

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nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, and then make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Badwater Basin, then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Salt Creek Interpretive Trail.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Death Valley National Park online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Death Valley National Park when traveling from Los Angeles in March, with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

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.
On the 12th (Tue), trek along Bright Angel Trail. On the next day, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim and then examine the collection at Yavapai Geology Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park online trip planner .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 7 hours. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow time for travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

3
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 14th (Thu): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge and then make a trip to Book Passage. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Crissy Field.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Francisco itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to San Francisco takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in March, expect nights in San Francisco to be much hotter, around 50°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 65°F. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Sat) before leaving for Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Crissy Field ©
Crissy Field
de Young Museum ©
de Young Museum

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.
To see where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park tour itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 53°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 23°F. On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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