22 days in Grand Canyon National Park, California & Washington DC Itinerary

22 days in Grand Canyon National Park, California & Washington DC Itinerary

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22 days in Grand Canyon National Park, California & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + bus:  18​h
1
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
6
Washington DC
— 6 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: London

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bright Angel Trail and Mather Point. There's much more to do: trek along South Kaibab Trail, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, get great views at Lipan Point, and take in panoramic vistas at Desert View Watchtower.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary planning app .

London, UK to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from London to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Petco Park and La Jolla Shores Park. And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, get to know the fascinating history of Point Loma, enjoy the sea views from Old Point Loma Lighthouse, and appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.

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Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego by combination of bus and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Petco Park ©
Petco Park
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): discover the magic at Disneyland Park and then explore the world behind art at The Broad. Keep things going the next day: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, make a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from San Diego, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter ©

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Sentinel Dome and Tioga Pass. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, and trek along Panorama Trail.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Beer Tastings & Tours. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, take in the views from San Francisco Bay Bridge, and step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

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Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Wine Tours & Tastings

6
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Explore hidden gems such as Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center and The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Explore Washington DC's surroundings by going to Gettysburg (Victorian Photography Studio, Horseback Riding Tours, & more), Roddy Road Covered Bridge (in Thurmont) and Antietam National Battlefield (in Sharpsburg). There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, appreciate the history behind Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and make a trip to John F. Kennedy Grave Site.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Washington DC trip planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Washington DC by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Washington DC is 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in August; daily highs in Washington DC reach 36°C and lows reach 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Arlington, Baltimore, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Roddy Road Covered Bridge
Highlights from your plan

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