21 days in West Coast & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

21 days in West Coast & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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21 days in West Coast & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  5​h 15​min
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Vancouver
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h 15​min
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 15​min
8
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
9
Seattle
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Vancouver

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Vancouver

Vancouver ©
Vancouver is a city on the north bank of the Columbia River in the U.S. To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Vancouver road trip site .

Vancouver, Canada to Vancouver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in April, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Vancouver

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Officers' Row ©
Officers' Row

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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 24th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Strawberry Hill, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and finally examine the collection at Cable Car Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): examine the collection at Exploratorium and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco tour builder .

Drive from Vancouver to San Francisco in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Vancouver in April, San Francisco is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wildlife Museums Childrens Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Cannery Row, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel online sightseeing planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Historic Sites Trails Parks

Side Trips

Cannery Row, 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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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Yosemite Valley Chapel, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, and then explore the striking landscape at North Dome.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. When traveling from Carmel in April, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 17°C by day to -2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
North Dome ©
North Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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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.
Popular historic sites such as La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Santa Monica Pier are in your itinerary. Visiting Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach will get you outdoors. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Oak Canyon Nature Center & Disneyland Park) and Santa Monica (Santa Monica Mountains, Montana Avenue, & more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, look for all kinds of wild species at Ballona Wetlands, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip maker tool .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are much warmer (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove. Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Diego trip planning app .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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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 8th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Barker Dam Trail, appreciate the views at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, and then don't miss a visit to Arch Rock.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Joshua Tree National Park online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from San Diego to Joshua Tree National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Diego in May, you will find days in Joshua Tree National Park are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock

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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 9th (Thu): take in a show at Hopi House, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio, see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Hermit's Rest and then hike along Rim Trail.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 6.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Joshua Tree National Park to Grand Canyon National Park. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in May: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio

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Seattle

Seattle ©
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.
On the 11th (Sat), take a stroll through Pike Place Market, take in the waterfront at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally kick back and relax at Alki Beach.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Seattle trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Seattle by combination of bus and flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Seattle due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Seattle, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Alki Beach ©
Alki Beach

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