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

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

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

Start: Manchester
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Washington DC
— 4 nights
+3
train + bus + Fly + bus:  12​h
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
3
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Sacramento
— 2 nights
+2
bus + subway + Fly:  15​h
End: Manchester

4
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens and Historic Ships in Baltimore. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Smithsonian American Art Museum and U.S. Naval Academy. Step out of Washington DC to go to Baltimore and see Fell's Point, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, get engrossed in the history at Newseum, and explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Washington DC journey maker app .

Manchester, UK to Washington DC is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and subway. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from Manchester in July, expect Washington DC to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Baltimore, Arlington, U.S. Naval Academy, Old Town
Highlights from your plan
Newseum ©
Newseum
U.S. Naval Academy ©
U.S. Naval Academy
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens ©
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Rim Trail and Mather Point. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Desert View Watchtower and Lipan Point. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, pause for some photo ops at Powell Point, take a memorable drive along East Rim Drive, and shop like a local with Lookout Studio.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and bus from Washington DC to Grand Canyon National Park in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in July: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel 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.
You'll get in some beach time at La Jolla Shores Park and Pacific Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Point Loma, examine the collection at Old Town Model Railroad Depot, and stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Diego attractions planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Pacific Beach ©
Pacific Beach
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

3
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.
Let the collections at Battleship USS Iowa BB-61 and The Getty Center capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hollywood Bowl Museum and Petersen Automotive Museum. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Monica Bay, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in August, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Battleship USS Iowa BB-61 ©
Battleship USS Iowa BB-61
The Broad ©
The Broad
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Taft Point and El Capitan. Get in touch with nature at Tuolumne Meadows and Yosemite Falls. There's still lots to do: trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, get great views at Washburn Point, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

Plan my day in Yosemite National Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, Yosemite National Park is cooler at night with lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Presidio of San Francisco and Twin Peaks. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, stroll through Lands End, and see the interesting displays at Walt Disney Family Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco tour planner .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 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, expect nights in San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, around 17°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Sacramento.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Presidio of San Francisco ©
Presidio of San Francisco
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

2
nights
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): explore the galleries of California State Capitol Museum, examine the collection at California State Railroad Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Crocker Art Museum, and finally examine the collection at Old Sacramento.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sacramento road trip planning tool .

Getting from San Francisco to Sacramento by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in Sacramento to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Crocker Art Museum ©
Crocker Art Museum
California State Capitol Museum ©
California State Capitol Museum

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