21 days in West Coast & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

21 days in West Coast & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route planner
Make it your trip
Fly
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to Santa Barbara
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Morro Bay
Drive
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Big Sur
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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San Francisco — 4 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
de Young Museum and Legion of Honor will appeal to museum buffs. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Square. Change things up with a short trip to Point Reyes Safaris in Point Reyes Station (about 58 minutes away). There's still lots to do: stop by Fisherman's Wharf, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, take a stroll through Chinatown, and steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco tour itinerary planner.

Singapore, Singapore to San Francisco is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Singapore to San Francisco. Traveling from Singapore in February, things will get cooler in San Francisco: highs are around 19°C and lows about 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.
Museums · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): stroll through McGurk Meadow and then get great views at Valley View.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in February, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around -9°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 10°C. On the 12th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
Parks · Wildlife

Grand Canyon National Park — 2 nights

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mohave Point as well as Yaki Point. On the 13th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Bright Angel History Room, then get great views at Yaki Point, then get great views at Lookout Studio, and finally get great views at Mohave Point.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In February, daily temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Santa Barbara.
Museums · Shopping

Santa Barbara — 2 nights

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the next day, take a memorable drive along State Street Underpass, then trek along Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, then explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and finally stop by Chocolate Maya.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Santa Barbara by combination of bus and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Santa Barbara. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in February, you will find days in Santa Barbara are somewhat warmer (22°C), and nights are much hotter (7°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Morro Bay.
Outdoors · Shopping · Historic Sites · Trails

Morro Bay

Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. On the 16th (Wed), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Morro Bay trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Morro Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Big Sur.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Big Sur — 3 nights

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Visiting Pfeiffer State Beach and Partington Cove will get you outdoors. You'll explore and learn at Hawthorne Gallery and Coast Gallery Big Sur. Step out of Big Sur to go to Paicines and see Pinnacles National Park, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Big Sur attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Morro Bay to Big Sur takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or take a bus. While traveling from Morro Bay, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Big Sur, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping
Side Trip

Carmel — 3 nights

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. Your day by day itinerary now includes A.W. Shucks Cocktail & Oyster Bar as well as Ocean Avenue. Museum-lovers will get to explore Sunset Cultural Center and Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe. Step out of the city life by going to Elkhorn Slough Safari and Pebble Beach Golf Links. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, look for gifts at AiX, and immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Carmel takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Carmel sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to San Jose.
Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Side Trips

San Jose — 1 night

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Stanford Shopping Center has been added to your itinerary.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Jose holiday planner.

You can drive from Carmel to San Jose in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to San Francisco.
Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Scenic Drive
Side Trips

San Francisco — 3 nights

Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Oxbow Public Market and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Appreciate the collections at Hess Persson Estates and Cable Car Museum. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa, approximately Napa away. See even more of San Francisco: browse the different shops at Ghirardelli Square, take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street, and stroll around Golden Gate Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from San Jose to San Francisco takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
Wineries · Tours · Shopping · Parks
Side Trip